Miramar, Florida is Broward County’s third largest city in size and fifth largest in terms of population. The City of Miramar is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. It is a haven for athletes and the fitness conscious with 22 neighborhood parks that include facilities for baseball, basketball, soccer, racquetball, tennis, cricket, track and field and swimming. It’s also home to many dedicated cyclist.
As a former Florida bicycle racer, I am saddened by the statistics that rank Florida as one of the deadliest states in the country for bicycle accidents. Studies show that thousands of cyclists are injured every year in Florida, either as a result of crashes with cars, trucks, and pedestrians or run-ins with other cyclists. Part of the problem is that Florida motorists do not give cyclist the respect and room they need, often resulting in serious life changing accidents. Most drivers are unaware that respect for cyclists is mandated by law. Florida law requires motorists to give cyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing them on the road.
Many Florida cyclists are unaware that their automobile insurance can cover them in the event they are involved in a bicycle accident with another vehicle. Florida’s PIP Insurance, Medical Payment Insurance and Uninsured Motorist Coverage provide valuable coverage to Florida’s cyclist.
Our Miramar Bicycle Injury law firm is experienced in handling all types of bicycle accidents and has represented clients in cases in Broward County including Weston, Pembroke Pines, Naples and Fort Lauderdale. We strongly recommend that no matter how far you ride, you always wear a proper-fitting helmet that has been approved by either the Consumer Product Safety Commission, American National Standard Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation. The fit of the helmet is essential and if you are uncertain if the helmet is properly fitted, seek a qualified professional. Helmets also lose their effectiveness over time and should be replaced after even minor crashes. This is true even if the helmet appears undamaged.
If you have been involved in any type of bicycle accident, please contact our lawyers for a complimentary consultation.