Florida Bicycles Accidents Injure More Children Than Any Other "TOY"

January 24, 2009
By Dan Irving , Esq. on January 24, 2009 5:13 PM | | Comments (0)

Any Florida bicyclist injured by the negligence of another person may bring a claim against that negligent person.

Under Florida law, a bicyclist is considered a 'pedestrian', and if the bicyclist is injured by a motor vehicle, the bicyclist can bring a claim against the negligent driver or owner of the motor vehicle. In addition, if the owner or driver of the vehicle that caused the accident is uninsured or underinsured, the victim may seek to collect under any resident relative's uninsured motorist coverage, or if they themselves own a motor vehicle, under the uninsured motorist coverage of their own automobile. In addition, they may collect personal injury protection coverage under either their own vehicle, a resident relative in their household, or from the at fault driver's vehicle, in that respective order (but not duplicative).

Bicycle accidents injure more children than any other toy. In fact, bicycle accidents bring about 500,000 people to emergency rooms in the United States every year, and more than half of them are children, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commision.

The ratio of deaths for non-helmeted drivers vs helmeted drivers is approximately 10 to 1 over the years, that is, an bicyclist without a helmet appears to have a ten prospect of dying as opposed to a helmeted driver. The correlation between the wearing of bicycle helmets and the reduced risk of a head injury among children is very substantial, as reflected by a study in BMJ.

Boys have a substantially higher rate of injuries and deaths than do girls.

Interestingly, a study showed that one in three fatalities in Maryland involved cyclists whose blood alcohol levels exceeded .08, a level where most states begin the presumption that the person is under the influence to the extent that their faculties were impaired.

An excellent article on bicycle safety and accident prevention is called Bicycle Safety.

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