Fort Lauderdale has become a cycling mecca. But, as authorities continue to encourage cycling for fun and fitness, and as an environmentally friendly mode of travel, they also have an obligation to provide for the safety of cyclists in Broward County.
Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accident Richard Ansara represents riders and families dealing with a serious or fatal bicycle accidents throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports an average of more than 100 riders are killed each year and nearly 5,000 are injured in Florida cycling accidents. About 3 out of every 10 of these crashes occur in Broward, Palm Beach or Miami-Dade each year, killing 30 riders and injuring 1,500.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports about 1 in 6 of the nation's fatal bicycle accidents occur in Florida each year, making it the most dangerous state in the nation for cyclists. Florida stands alone as the only state in the nation to consistently report more than 100 bicycle fatalities each year.Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accident Attorney: Know Your Rights
Nationwide in 2010, a total of 618 riders were killed and more than 51,000 were seriously injured in cycling accidents. While the overall number of fatalities has declined nationwide, the number of motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents continues to climb.
The reasons are many, but include an emphasis on building cycling infrastructure and encouraging cycling, without corresponding enforcement of cycling rights. Motorists continue to intentionally crowd or intimidate cyclists. And dooring continues to be a significant cause of serious and fatal accidents.
Master cycling plans are being implemented throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The Metro Bike and Ride and the Broward Bike Sharing Plan are also adding to the number of residents and tourists who are cycling along the coastline. The Bike Sharing plan alone has added 200 bicycles available for rent at 18 stations in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach. The five-year plan is to have nearly 600 rental cycles available at more than 50 stations.
With the growth in popularity of cycling for fitness has come an increase in the average age of riders who are injured or killed in bicycle accidents. Today's cycling accident victim is most likely to be a male in his 30s or 40s. Often a family's primary wage earner, these accidents can be financially devastating.
If you are looking for a law firm that will stand by your side from start to finish, contact The Ansara Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accident Attorney Richard Ansara represents accident victims in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area, including Coral Springs, Davie, Hollywood, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Weston and Sunrise. The Ansara Law Firm represents victims of bicycle and pedestrian accidents up and down the coast, including Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
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