Who Is At Fault When Bicycles And Vehicles Collide In Florida?
Most people don’t consider riding a bike to be the most dangerous transportation of choice, but it’s certainly not the safest. In 2010, bicycle accident stats revealed that over 50,000 persons were seriously injured and over 600 people were killed. Research shows that bicyclists are four times more likely to be injured in an accident than are other motorists.
Cyclists obviously decrease their chances of survival when they enter an intersection shared by cars and trucks. Since many motorists are easily bothered by nuisance of being forced to share the road with a bicyclist, they haven’t exactly modified their driving behavior. And while vehicles may continue to cut-off bicyclists and honk obnoxiously, cyclists have picked up a few bad habits of their own. Florida bicyclists are easily amused by their profanity laden accusers and known to whiz through red lights, speed in-between pedestrians, and weave through intersections. It’s no wonder that numerous bicycle-vehicle accidents cause serious injuries.
With such obvious tension, the question remains. Who is at fault for most bicycle-vehicle collisions? State by state research consistently shows the fault of the accident is evenly distributed within a few percentage points of 50/50 between the cyclist and motorist.
Thus, each driver must take safety precautions of their own in order to find themselves smack dab in the middle of a vehicle-bicycle crash. Bicyclists and motorists alike must become better educated so they can lessen their odds of being the next statistic.
Attributing cause and fault for a bicycle accident that involves another vehicle requires the expertise of an experienced Broward County Auto and Bicycle Attorney. If you have been injured in a Broward County bicycle accident with another car, you need to talk to an expert who can assist you in filing a successful claim.
Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call 954-807-1334.