Everyday, people choose to walk and bike for exercise, transportation, and personal enjoyment. Unfortunately, no matter how many public safety campaigns promote pedestrian and bicycle safety, crashes involving these groups remain high around the country. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 5,300 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents and nearly another 129,000 others were treated in hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal crash injuries in 2015.
The bicycle-related accident statistics are just as tragic. In that same year, more than 1,000 bicyclists were killed and another 467,000 were injured in traffic accidents. Most of these crashes occur in urban areas, and more than one-third of all bicycle-related injuries affect children and adolescents (ages 5-19).
Unfortunately, the State of Florida has the highest rate of injuries for pedestrians and bicyclists, which has the highest per capita rate of bike fatalities and injuries in the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends the following safety tips for bicyclists:
- Riding a functioning bike that is an appropriate size for your body type
- Wearing protective equipment (helmet)
- Wearing colorful and reflective clothing and equipment (reflective gear, front and back bike lights, etc.)
- Using routes that are less heavily traveled by motor vehicles
- Carrying free items in a backpack or strapping to the back of your bike
- Using a bike lane (when available)
- Limiting bicycle occupants to one person for single-user bikes
With nothing between your body and the front or back of a motor vehicle, it’s not surprising that accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians are so deadly. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a traffic accident while walking or biking, you may be entitled to compensation. Allow the caring and knowledgeable lawyers at Lowman Law Firm to fight for you so you can focus on what really matters: your recovery and family. Contact us today to speak directly with one of our experienced bicycle and pedestrian accident attorneys.