Bike Accidents - A1A and South Florida Roads
West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County
While many Florida roadways have bike lanes, biking in South Florida is not always safe. With the increased growth of triathlon and bike participation, along with higher fuel costs, there has been an increase in bicycle riding on A1A and other South Florida roads over the last several years.
Between 2008 and 2011, 24 bicyclists were killed on Palm Beach County roads and 40 in Broward County.
Florida cities and communities are making an effort to expand bike lane usage; however, as more bicyclists move to the roadways, the likelihood of serious accidents increases. Every six hours a bicyclist is fatally injured and every year, close to one million children are injured in bicycle accidents.
In many cases, bike accidents result from a motorist's negligence or inattentiveness while driving their vehicle. Some the most common collisions occur when a motor vehicle driver:
- Turns directly in front of a bicyclist
- Enters a street from a driveway or parking spot and pulls out into traffic in front of the bicyclist.
- Fails to yield at an intersection or runs a stop light or red light
- Is inattentive or distracted while driving past a bicyclist
- Fails to look both ways when resuming travel after stopping at a stop sign
- Is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Bicycling accidents and/or injuries can also be caused by pedestrians, defective bike parts, recalled helmets, and ineffective bike safety equipment. These accidents cause serious injury such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury, head/neck/spinal cord injuries and even death.
We have created a brochure on cycling and pedestrian accidents and safety, including safe practices. It was designed alongside an informational video, which is found here on our website. To view or download the brochure, click here. You may also request copies from our office by calling (561) 366-9099.
If you or a loved one has been in a serious bicycling accident, contact or call our bike and auto accident attorneys.