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Improving Safety For Florida Cyclists A Top Priority

Many avid cyclists in Florida have had a close call when they were out on area roadways. Motorists sometimes do not know what they need to do in order to give these riders the space they need. Some busy streets were not designed to handle the number of cyclists using the roads each day, which can lead to many types of vehicles trying to share a limited amount of space.

Unfortunately, these conditions often lead to serious bicycle accidents for the riders. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a report that stated that bicycle fatalities have increased 6 percent nationwide. The report, which focused on 2012 accidents, the most recent data available, also examined the number of fatalities that occurred in each state. In Florida, there were 122 fatalities in bicycle accidents, which accounts to 5 percent of all deaths in the state's motor vehicle crashes. This is well-above the national average of 2.2 percent.

Officials throughout the state are concerned about these numbers, and are focused on improving conditions for cyclists. Several different safety campaigns are underway, reminding motorists and bicyclists about the responsibilities of sharing the road. Law enforcement agencies are also receiving training on safe riding, and are relaying these tips in classes for those in their area.

Some cities have also started implementing bike lanes or other dedicated space for cyclists. This can sometimes be a time-consuming process, and riders need to be careful even when in these dedicated areas. Often, some motorists may not be aware that the cyclists are nearby, especially if the paths cross roadways.

Bicyclists need to be extremely cautious any time they are in traffic. They need to follow all applicable traffic laws, and never assume that other drivers can see them. Motorists need to be sure that they give cyclists space. Taking a few extra moments to practice these safe habits can help lessen the risk of a crash.

If you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, you need to be sure that you get the medical care you need for your injuries. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, you may have to undergo some type of rehabilitation in order for you to completely return to health.

You should then contact an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about the potential compensation that you may be able to receive from those responsible for causing the accident. Your attorney will be able to gather the information you will need to support your claims, and will advocate on your behalf with the other parties and their insurers.