Sharing the Road with Bicyclists, Pedestrians & MotorcyclistsMay 5, 2021 | Category: Automobile Accidents, Bike Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents | Share
Car & Driver magazine reported that overall, U.S. roads were safer in 2019 than in 2018, continuing a three-year trend that started in 2017. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates U.S. roads were more dangerous in the second quarter of 2020 than they have been in years.
The NHTSA reported more Americans are choosing to ride bikes and walk to stay healthy, as an alternative to driving. Because of this increase, pedestrian, and bicyclist deaths in motor-vehicle-related crashes have increased.
Bicyclists – In 2020, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported there were 5,082 bicycle crashes, and 127 Florida bicyclists tragically lost their lives in accidents because of the negligence of motor vehicle drivers.
“Motor vehicles often do not properly yield to bicycles traveling on the streets or sidewalks, resulting in serious injuries or even death to the bicycle rider,” said Fort Myers Accident Lawyer Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Pedestrians – The NHTSA reports there is about one pedestrian death every 88 minutes in the United States.
“A pedestrian being struck by an automobile is likely to result in a devastating course of events. Our Fort Myers pedestrian injury attorneys have seen firsthand the aftermath of a pedestrian-vehicle accident, as well as the permanently disabling and even fatal injuries that can result,” said Fort Myers Accident Lawyer Randall Spivey.
Florida is a Mecca for motorcyclists with more motorcycles on our roadways than in any other state and many tragic motorcycle accidents. In March 2021, there were at least six motorcycle accident fatalities in Leighhigh Acres, Port Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, and the Miami-Dade area.
Motor vehicle drivers must share Florida roads responsibly. Lt. Gregory S. Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol's Public Affairs Division in Fort Myers said, "We ask everyone, which includes all drivers, parents, neighbors, co-workers, friends, etc. to take driving seriously and to strongly encourage everyone they know to do the same."
“Should you or a loved one be injured in an accident because of the negligence of a motor vehicle driver, please contact our firm to discuss your rights and options, after seeking medical attention. You may be entitled to compensation to defray medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, long-term care expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are always available to assist you, 24/7,” said Fort Myers Accident Lawyer Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers 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.