Bicyclists are particularly vulnerable to accidents because they generally share the road with much larger motorized vehicles. They also face a higher risk of injury or death when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, because their body is so exposed.
There are thousands of bicyclists in the state of Florida, and particularly in the Tampa Bay area. People love to be out in the open and they ride bicycles not only for transportation, but also for exercise and for leisure. Many drivers have little patience for a bicycle blocking the road, which can lead to an accident when they try to get around them with no room.
The Tampa Bay Times reviewed data from the National Highway of Traffic Safety Administration and for the years 2012 – 2016, the numbers show that Florida was the deadliest state for bicyclists, at more than twice the national rate.
Bicycles typically have the same right-of-way as a car or truck, but because they are slower and can slow drivers down, they sometimes aren’t given that right.
There are several ways bicycle accidents can happen. They can hit another vehicle or person, or they can hit an obstacle. These are some of the most common types of bike accidents:
Anyone who is involved in an accident while on a bicycle, no matter how minor, should take the following steps.
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