Safety Tips for Cyclists in the Florida Panhandle
Florida has the unfortunate honor of being the state with the highest bicycle accident rate in the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent survey, approximately 48,000 bicyclist are injured and an average of 743 die each year from cycling accidents. In the Florida Panhandles alone, there are an average of 133 injuries and 4 deaths each year. At The Pittman Law Firm, P.A., we believe that cyclists should be able to ride free from preventable danger. We offer cyclists tips to stay safe on the road and help reduce the high accident rates.
When out riding your bike, make sure you are visible. It is the driver’s responsibility to be aware of their surroundings, but you can make things easier for them by wearing colorful clothing or having lights on your person or bike.
Maintain Your Bike
It can be easy to hop on your bike and just ride. However, taking a moment to check your bike and its gears can protect you from preventable injuries. You do not want to be at a crossroad with brakes that do not work.
Obey the Traffic Laws
Whether you are in a car or on a bike, all drivers must adhere to the traffic laws. It is particularly important for bicycle riders to go with the flow of traffic, rather than against it. Yield to oncoming traffic and obey all traffic signs.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Under Florida law, it is illegal to wear headphones or earphones while cycling. You should be aware of your surroundings at all time so that you can anticipate and avoid accidents. Defensive riding can help reduce risk.
Wear a Helmet
This usually is understood, but there is a reason why helmets are so important. They are there to protect riders from head trauma from different collisions. Although riders over the age of 16 are not legally required to wear helmets, they should still do so. It can save a life.
Wear a Headlamp at Night
It is required by Florida law for cyclists riding at night to wear headlamps to make sure other drivers can see them. If you can avoid cycling at night, do so. However, if not, than definitely have a light that will make you visible.
At The Pittman Law Firm, P.A., we want to help reduce the number of cycling accidents that occur in the Florida Panhandles every year. If you were involved in an accident while riding your bike, you have certain inalienable rights. Contact our Florida bicycle accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation.