Unfortunately, Florida has a reputation for having some of the worst drivers in the country. Indeed, according to a recent report, there are almost 15 traffic fatalities per 100,000 people in the state. To give this figure some context, roughly 3,200 people lost their lives as a result of Florida traffic accidents in 2016.
While these figures represent all types of traffic accidents, the victims of fatal Florida bicycle accidents represent a sizable portion of those killed each year. It is estimated that by year’s end there will have been a total of 130 people killed in Florida bicycle accidents this year alone. Many of these fatalities are caused by drivers who are distracted by some other activity or otherwise not paying attention while driving.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of Florida traffic accidents, claiming over 200 lives per year. According to a recent report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the most common cause of Florida distracted driving accidents was general inattentiveness, followed by other distractions inside the vehicle. Surprisingly, cell phone use and texting were low on the list of causes; however, that may be due to motorists not wanting to admit that they were on the phone at the time of the accident.
Florida Driver Crashes into Pack of Bicyclists
Late last month, one bicyclist was killed and several others injured when a motorist drove into a pack of bicyclists in Davie, Florida. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, a group of 14 bicyclists was heading eastbound on Southwest 148th Avenue at around 8:30 in the morning when the motorist approached the pack from behind.
Evidently, the motorist told police that she did not see the bicyclists as she approached. The driver also told police that the glare from the sun hindered her view of the road. After the collision, the woman remained on the scene and cooperated with law enforcement. Investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved; however, police believe that the woman was distracted by something inside of her car. Police did not say what the distraction was, but did indicate that they did not think she was on the phone at the time.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Bicycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Florida bicycle accident, or any other kind of Florida distracted driving accident, contact the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Cecere Santana, P.C. At Cecere Santana, we have a dedicated team of South Florida personal injury lawyers who have decades of combined experience handling all types of Florida car accident cases. We offer free consultations in which we will meet with prospective clients to answer their questions and discuss how we can help pursue a claim for compensation against the responsible parties. To learn more, call 800-753-5529 to schedule your free consultation today.
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Three Killed in Florida Roadside Accident, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, published November 12, 2018