What are Some Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Orlando?
In Florida, there were 5,952 bicycle accidents in 2021, resulting in 5,574 injuries and 169 deaths. That means that only a few hundred people walked away unscathed. Out of those 169 deaths, law enforcement found vehicle drivers responsible for 140 of them, approximately 83%. Accidents caused by vehicle drivers involve negligence. Negligence refers to an act (such as speeding or driving under the influence) that could have been easily avoided by the driver. Negligence isn’t committed on purpose in most cases, but these drivers are still responsible for their actions whether on purpose or not.
Common negligent acts that cause bicycle accidents include:
- Road rage
- Driving under the influence
- Improperly changing lanes
- Ignoring bike lanes
- Distracted driving
- Inexperienced drivers
- Turning without looking
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failure to yield
- Weaving through traffic
- Not leaving space when passing