It’s not surprising that in most accidents involving bicycles and cars, the bicyclist often gets the worst of it. We’re seeing more bicycle-car accidents lately because cycling has become more popular.
In 2020, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported over 5,000 bicycle crashes. This is a big concern for public safety in Florida because our roads aren’t very safe for cyclists.
A recent article in U.S. News and World Report ranked Florida as the third most dangerous state for bicyclists and the worst for bicycle deaths. This could be because of several reasons:
- Road conditions that make cycling risky
- Roads that are too wide for pedestrians and cyclists
- Old infrastructure
- Careless drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Drivers with poor vision
- Tourists who aren’t familiar with the roads
- An older population
- Construction and roadwork
- A lack of bike lanes