If you live in Florida, or have at least visited, chances are good that you’ve seen more than a few bicyclists our roads. Our state is known for its longer daylight hours and a climate ideal for engaging in outdoor activities year-round. Because of this, bicycling is a choice method of transportation for residents and tourists alike.
Unfortunately, Florida has been named the deadliest state to ride for bicyclists. We have the highest fatality rate per capita as compared to the rest of the nation. In 2015, there were 7.4 cyclist deaths per million residents. 120 people were killed while riding a bicycle in that year alone.
That number is staggering, and there are a few theories as to why the fatality rate is so high. There is a serious lack of bike lanes, and the roads and speed limits were obviously not created with bicyclists in mind. Cyclists must obey the same traffic laws as motorists, and whereas you might think that many accidents are caused by them not observing traffic signs and signals, it’s mostly drivers’ inattentiveness and negligence.
It is a common misconception that the 55+ age group account for most of the motorists involved in automobile-bicycle collisions. However, it is actually drivers ages 20-24 that make up the majority of those at fault in these accidents. Drivers aged 45-49 follow closely behind, with seniors comprising the lowest number in this group.
Florida has been named the deadliest state to ride for bicyclists