Bicycle Safety In Florida
Bike riding has become more popular with gas prices still high and people focused on their health. Riding a bicycle is indeed a great form of exercise. However, its safety is debatable.
Bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. However, motorists tend to treat bike riders as second-class citizens. This means that crashes are more likely to occur.
In an accident between a bicycle and a car, the car will likely win. The bike rider will probably be seriously injured. This is why bike safety is important. As a bike rider, it’s important to understand the laws involved and how you can protect yourself while on the road.
Florida Helmet Laws
Florida does not have a universal helmet law. Those under the age of 16 must wear a helmet that is fastened to your head securely with a strap. It must meet federal safety standards. However, if you’re 16 or older, you legally don’t have to wear a helmet.
Still, it’s a good idea to wear one anyway. A helmet can protect your head in the event of a crash and could be the difference between life and death.
Most bicycle deaths occur in urban areas. The two main causes of crashes are failure to yield the right of way and lack of visibility. Therefore, bicyclists need to do their part to remember to follow the rules of the roadway and wear bright clothing that makes themselves more visible.
Here are some other things to keep in mind before you get on your bike:
- Make sure your bike is the right size. It shouldn’t be too big or too small.
- Make sure your bike works. If a chain is loose or the brakes don’t work, you’re going to have a hard time controlling your bike.
- Ride safely. Keep both hands on the handlebars at all times and don’t carry passengers.
- Plan the safest route. Try to stay away from heavy traffic, if possible.
By being focused and alert, you can prevent crashes. Here are some tips to help:
- Go with the flow. Ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Follow the signs. Obey street signs and traffic signals. It’s the law.
- Scan the road ahead. Always plan ahead and be looking for road hazards and anything else that may cause you to fall, such as potholes, gravel, puddles, and train tracks.
- Stay alert. Don’t be distracted by behaviors such as texting or listening to music. You need to use your eyes and ears at all times to stay safe.
Contact Us Today
Bicycle accidents are something you want to avoid if you ride often. Getting hit by a car is no fun. The result could be serious injuries and even death.
Even if you do your best to stay safe on the roadway, bicycle crashes can still happen. Contact a Boynton Beach bicycle accident lawyer from Leifer & Ramirez today. We’ll help you pursue a claim for compensation. Get started with a free consultation. Fill out the online form or call 561-660-9421.