Bike VS Car Accidents Are All Too Common In Manatee County
Florida has the warmer, milder, year-round weather to make driving pleasant and commonplace, but that also means that using bicycles is a year-round activity. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the state having a more serious bicycle accident and fatality rate than the national average. Even though larger cities like Miami and Orlando have accidents, even areas like Bradenton and Parrish have their fair share of bicycle-related accidents.
It’s Not Just Couriers
Some people make the mistake of assuming that bicycle accidents in cities result from overly aggressive cyclists themselves. Couriers and even food delivery workers trying to squeeze in wherever they can to hit a delivery time may be part of the demographic that can get involved in traffic accidents with bicycles, but they are far from the only ones.
In truth, many traffic accidents involving bicycles don’t occur in downtown areas of big cities. Suburbs are often just as bad—if not worse—for this type of accident, and that’s due to one major factor; children. Suburbs are residential areas, which means children are far more numerous and, depending on the time of year and time of day, far more prevalent on the streets, especially on bicycles, which is a primary mode of transportation for them.
There are several reasons for bicycle accidents occur in cities and suburbs. However, for children, in particular, the leading causes are typically:
Failure To Yield To Cyclists
Cyclists are still considered pedestrians, and legally, drivers should yield the right of way to cyclists. Drivers will sometimes believe the bigger vehicle always has the right of way and expect cyclists to comply, but this is often more difficult to predict with children and Florida Bike Law is clear.
Cyclists Failing To Yield
There are, of course, instances when cyclists are expected to yield to traffic, such as when making turns or crossing streets. Children, however, may not be familiar with these rules, especially in the safety of their neighborhood in the suburbs, where they take their ownership of the streets for granted. It’s unwise to assume children in their own neighborhood will necessarily be mindful cyclists and yield when they should.
Crossing A Road
Road crossing is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents involving vehicles, but unfortunately, bicyclists and even pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in these situations as well. Drivers who negligently try to rush a left turn without properly checking that it is safe to do is one example where cyclists and pedestrians can get hit by vehicles even though they were obeying the law, crossing roads at designated areas, and had the right of way in the eyes of the law.
Due to the many observations and snap judgments required to make a turn at an intersection successfully, people on bicycles are often victims of drivers in a rush.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a bicycle accident due to a driver’s negligence, get help. Talk to a bicycle accident attorney to see what you should do next. You may be entitled to financial compensation from the parties legally responsible for your injury.