Our Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys know bicycle accidents are a common winter danger throughout South Florida. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Florida is the deadliest place in the nation for bicycle accidents. In 2008, a total of 125 riders were killed. California (109) was the only other state to report more than 100 deaths.
Nationwide, 716 riders were killed that year — meaning about 1 in 6 of the nation’s fatal bicycle accidents occur in Florida. Another 52,000 riders were injured.
The Orlando Sentinel reports the victim was 53 years old and was riding north along Flamingo Road near Sunrise Boulevard. The accident happened about 6 a.m. and the driver remained at the scene.
In a second fatal bicycle accident, a 61-year-old Wilton Manors man was killed while riding his bike in unincorporated Broward near Fort Lauderdale.
Middle-aged men are the fastest growing fatality group as the popularity of riding for pleasure and for exercise has put more and more cyclists on the roads in recent years. Bicycle rentals are also a popular option for tourists, who are frequently unfamiliar with the area.
Freeman & Mallard is a South Florida personal injury and wrongful death law firm dedicated to helping motorists who have been injured in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce areas. Call today for a free consultation. 1-800-529-2368.