Bicycle Safety in Florida
It is true that riding a bicycle is not only environmentally friendly, it is also fun and healthy. That being said, cyclists are at a much higher risk of suffering a personal injury or death when involved in an accident. This is because a bicyclist has much less protection available to him or her than what is provided by a passenger vehicle. When a traffic accident occurs involving a cyclist and a vehicle, the car’s occupants will typically walk away without suffering injuries. The cyclist, on the other hand, typically does not fare so well. In order to reduce injury and risk of death in a Florida bicycle accident, there are several things that can be done to stay safe on the road:
- Always wear a helmet: Although one of the most obvious ways to stay safe, many cyclists fail to wear safety gear while on the road. This can help reduce injuries depending on the severity of the accident;
- Use lights on your bike: Because a bike is much smaller than a passenger vehicle, it is harder to see on the road. Bike lights, reflectors, and other safety equipment can make you more visible when there is low visibility;
- Use hand signals: Letting others on the road know what you are going to do is critical when on a bike because drivers cannot always predict your maneuvers. Communicating with others on the road through hand signals and eye contact will help keep you safe;
- Do not get distracted: Whether it is biking and texting, eating, or daydreaming, be sure to avoid these distractions. You cannot ride your bike defensively if you are not paying full attention to the road and your surroundings.
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Railroad Crossing Safety Tips
Studies show that many drivers, as well as cyclists, pay little to no attention at railroad crossings. This is because it is uncommon to see a train at those crossings. That being said, sometimes trains do cross and failing to yield can have fatal results, like the aforementioned SunRail tragedy. Below are several tips to keep you safe:
- Stay alert at all times: Trains do not always run on set schedules. Accordingly, some trains can be on any railroad track at any time going in either direction. A train conductor can only sound the locomotive’s horn and apply the brakes when he or she sees a person or car on the tracks. Due to its speed, the emergency brake will likely not stop the train in time to avoid a crash.
- Always yield the right of way: As discussed above, it is impossible for a train to yield to you. More than 50% of train collisions happen at crossings equipped with automatic warning signals. When drivers or cyclists choose to go around the gates or through the flashing lights, it is a recipe for tragedy.
- Trains arrive more quickly than you think: A majority of train-related crashes happen when a car gets hit trying to cross tracks in front of an oncoming train.
Studies show that many drivers, as well as cyclists, pay little to no attention at railroad crossings.
Orlando Bicycle and Train Accident Attorneys
Stay safe and be proactive when it comes to railroad crossings. The experienced Florida personal injury attorneys at Bogin, Munns & Munns can help you and your loved ones if you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury. Contact us today to schedule your free personal injury consultation.
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