Ever wake up on a nice sunny South Florida morning and yearn to go for a relaxing bicycle ride? Ever walk out the door and think that today could be your last day to walk out your front door? The truth is, when a death occurs, majority of the time it is unexpected. Most people don’t anticipate the dangers of experiencing everyday life.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, make sure you call the attorneys that care about your outcome. The Ben Law Firm has a team of experienced Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers that are knowledgeable in bicycle accidents. Choose the attorneys that will fight to get you compensated for your lost wages as well as your pain and suffering.
Miami is definitely on the map of top cities with bicycle fatalities. Florida itself is Miami is one of the nation’s least safe cities on two wheels. Florida as a whole is listed as the top bicycle fatalities in the nation and has the four deadliest cities for cyclist with Miami being fourth, after Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando. Between 2010 and 2014, 47 cyclists died across Miami; another 3,591 were injured.
Throughout Miami-Dade, bicycle deaths rose by 260 percent between 2012 and 2014. Even though South Florida has made improvements in recent years, it seems as if the numbers continue to rise. In efforts to save bicyclists from injury, Miami now boasts an expansive bike-sharing program, a smattering of green bike lanes, and signs that signal to drivers to “share the road.” But statistics show that there is still an issue in this area.
Miami Mayor Manny Diaz formed the Miami Bicycle Action Committee in 2008. Cyclist Collin Worth was named the city’s first bike coordinator and tasked with bringing cycling to the fore in any and all Miami roadway projects. Having a bicycle activists on board was thought to be able to get the cyclists in mind when doing roadway projects that could minimized safe roadways to cyclists.
“Until then, when the county did projects in the city, and when the state did projects in the city, there wasn’t anyone in the room saying, ‘Hey, that needs to be safer for bikes and pedestrians,’ ” Worth says.
Why is Miami such a danger for bicyclists? Being that Miami was developed during the height of car culture and sprawled as automobiles grew in popularity, having a place to be able to ride your bikes freely just wasn’t in their minds and Miami roadways were created. Roads were built to move people in cars to and from the suburbs to downtown as quickly as possible. Many suburban residential Miami-Dade neighborhoods don’t even have sidewalks.
Will the life of the bicyclist get any better? Will there be a day where you can ride your bike to and from work without risking you life? Only time will tell the fate of the future bicyclists. If you or someone you know has been injured riding a bicycle, call an experienced Fort Lauderdale injury lawyer that will fight for your rights. The Ben Law Firm has a team of attorneys waiting for your call.