6 Ways Drivers Can Prevent Bicycle Injuries and DeathsMarch 29, 2021 | Category: Bike Accidents | Share
The number of Americans bicycling for exercise, fun, and commuting is increasing each year, resulting in bicyclists being involved in more accidents.
"Florida law gives bicyclists who are on the roadways the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Unfortunately, some motorists do not take sufficient precautions when driving and cause bicycle accidents. Bicyclists have no protection when they are involved in accidents with motorized vehicles and are often injured or tragically killed,” said Fort Myers Bike Accident Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
In 2018, 857 bicyclists tragically died and thousands more were injured in U.S. traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The NHTSA urges drivers to drive defensively while being focused and alert:
- No texting, listening to music or using anything that distracts you by taking your eyes, ears, or mind off the road and traffic.
- Yield to bicyclists as you would motorists and do not underestimate their speed. This will help avoid turning in front of a bicyclist traveling on the road or sidewalk, often at an intersection or driveway.
- In parking lots, at stop signs, when packing up, or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles, including bicycles.
- Drivers turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching from the right rear. Stop completely, look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red.
- Obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.
- Give cyclists room. Do not pass too closely. Pass bicyclists as you would any other vehicle—when it’s safe to move over into an adjacent lane.
“Should you or a loved one be injured in an accident, please contact our experienced Fort Myers accident team after seeking medical attention. We dedicate our practice to providing high-quality legal assistance to victims and their families who have suffered injuries, death, and other losses as a result of another person's actions. We limit our practice specifically to personal injury and wrongful death cases so that we can fully concentrate our efforts on gaining compensation for those who have suffered the most. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you. To learn more about our case results go to Settlements and Verdicts,” said Attorney Spivey.
Florida Bike Accident Lawyer Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A, in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.