The number of both pedestrians and bicyclists killed in roadway accidents is increasing. In 2003, pedestrians and bicyclists represented 12.6% of the total number of fatalities. In 2017, they accounted for 18.2% of fatalities. An even grimmer statistic is that while overall traffic fatalities decreased by 0.8% between 2008 and 2017, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities… Read More
Florida is a dangerous place to be a bicyclist. We top the nation in the number of bicycle accidents each year. The news is full of stories about bicyclists getting struck. On this page, we document some of those stories from Florida news sources as part of our blog. All sources for these stories are cited in the articles.
If you are a cyclist, we encourage you to read these stories along with our other pages on bicycle accidents so you can take steps to prevent an accident. Here are some additional tips:
- The first and most basic rule is to always wear a helmet. Helmets save lives!
- Know the rules of the road and follow them. If you follow the rules and get hit, your chances of getting compensation will go up. Break them and you may be stuck with the bill.
- Learn how to ride with one hand so you can use hand signals to warn other drivers.
- If you must ride at night, use a system with lights so you’re more visible. Reflectors only work so well.
One type of accident that plagues bicyclists is hit-and-run. Cowardly drivers know that if they hit a bicyclist they’ll likely be injured so they flee the scene. Do your best to identify the car and ask any witnesses what they saw if this happens to you. The police need that information to find the driver and bring them to justice.
If you have any questions about bicycle accidents in the state of Florida, or if you’ve been hit by a car riding one, do not hesitate to call Chalik Law. Our experienced legal team is ready to help you out.
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The Tampa Bay Times reports that a cyclist was killed in an early morning Tampa Bay crash. The accident occurred Sunday morning in Tampa. 57-year-old Reginald Knight was headed north on 26th Street towards the intersection of Columbus Drive. At about 4:30 a.m., the driver of a Toyota sedan was traveling east on Columbus Drive,… Read More
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