Although the overall fatality rate among bicyclists is low, studies show that bicyclists have a greater risk of experiencing a fatal accident compared to motorists. Each year, bicyclists account for about two percent of motor vehicle accident deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
As Florida lawyers and residents, we know how tempting it is to jump on a bicycle. Our state’s pleasant weather and miles of beautiful coastline make bicycling a fun way to keep fit, commute to work, and spend time with loved ones.
Unfortunately, bicycling is not without risks. If you are a bicyclist, it’s important to be aware of the very real dangers cyclists face. Here are some facts that may surprise you.
Head injuries are common. The most serious injuries are often to the bicyclist’s head.
According to the Tampa Tribune, Florida has the unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in fatal bicycle accidents.
The gulf between Florida and other states is shockingly large: At .57 deaths per 100,000 people, the Sunshine State’s bicycle death rate is more than double the national rate of .23 per 100,000 people.
Furthermore, Florida has a lot of work to do when it comes to lowering this disturbing statistic. Whereas nearly all the other states in the country have lowered their fatal bicycle accident rates in recent years, Florida’s overall fatal bicycle accident numbers have barely moved.
Bicycle accidents are a major source of concern in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you have been hurt in a bicycle crash, or you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, you need West Palm Beach bicycle accident lawyers known for getting results for their clients. Call Fetterman & Associates today at 561-845-2510 and speak to one of our experienced lawyer about your case.
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