Browsing: Bicycles

Cyclists are considered among the most vulnerable users of the road, next to pedestrians, since they lack the protection that a motor vehicle might provide in the instance of a crash. That means cyclists and personal injury go hand in hand, and in South Florida – Broward and Miami-Dade counties in particular, with the high number of people vacationing here annually, their lack of experience with the roadways and the increase of motorists – personal injury is an unfortunate fact of recreating on two wheels. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, there were 499 fatalities, 2,072 nonfatal hospitalizations, and 7,650 nonfatal emergency room (ER) visits in the last year of the reporting, which was 2010, relating to pedestrian and bicycle crashes. We can only surmise that these numbers have increased in seven years, even though more measures have been…

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Where would you rather bike – on a busy road or a scenic trail? Those who prefer transportation on two wheels, have heart: A proposal to link a network of bicycle trails has gained momentum recently. It will keep cyclists off the main roads, and, more importantly, away from distracted motorists. This is good news for those whose interest in recreational cycling takes them on highways and thoroughfares that demand they not only keep watch on their own activity, but on the actions of motorists who can’t pull themselves away from the distractions of their various gadgets. According to WFSU producer Rob Diaz de Villegas, who was appointed to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council in 2013, $25 million was budgeted two weeks ago towards the completion of this trail network, so that one day, a cyclist will be able…

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You may think to yourself. “I’m going out for a bike ride,” but the thought process doesn’t end there. Thinking continues through the course of the ride. Are you paying attention to using the right hand signals, stopping and going, registering that pedestrian crosswalk ahead? Keeping an eye in the back of your head for that distracted motorist in the next lane? Unless out in the wide open, where vehicles become a distant memory, a cyclist on the busy roads in Fort Lauderdale must be constantly thinking. As feet go into motion so, too, do thoughts. Even in the bright sunshine, a storm can brew: It’s behind the seat of a car, fiddling with buttons on the dash. And when it strikes, it will not only ruin your ride, but your life. Important things to keep in mind might sound…

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Cyclists in Florida are offered an abundance of good things on their trip: sunny weather, scenic views and many different routes to follow. Being crashed into by a car driven by a distracted motorist can turn the trip into a nightmare – that’s when you call on a personal injury protection litigation attorney, to ensure your rights and that your medical bills are paid. But before all of this occurs, there are rules of the road to follow. Head out on your Broward County bicycle ride with the necessary equipment, a clear head and, most importantly, knowledge. Here are some bicycle safety tips to remember: Always wear a certified bike helmet. It could save your life. Obey all signs, traffic signals, and rules of the road. Never ride with headphones that prevent you from hearing traffic around you. Other than…

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Seeing the world upside down? You are now a statistic: One of the many cyclists in Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County who has been hit by an automobile belonging to a distracted driver. But how did you get on the ground? On a busy road. With your bicycle wrecked. And your heart pounding. Here’s what should pop into your mind: How to pay for the medical bills and your wrecked bicycle:  Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance for cyclists in Fort Lauderdale. First, let’s retrace your steps. Like many in Ft. Lauderdale and throughout Broward County, you enjoy cycling. It’s good for recreation, exercise and for the pleasure of the outdoors. Like those cyclists, you never considered yourself to be a future piece of data, like this one reported by the Sun-Sentinel: Between 2010 and 2012, the number of cyclists injured…

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