Riding a bike in South Florida has become the transportation of choice for many residents. Rising gas prices, coupled with today’s economy, make exercise enthusiasts eager to get out on the open road.

Undoubtedly, the largest drawback to bike riding is having to deal with crazy drivers. Broward County cyclists dread the treachery of putting up with road rage. Anyone who rides a bike with any sort of regularity is keenly aware of the skill needed to navigate through deadly traffic and inconsiderate drivers.

But, while a cyclist’s greatest fear may be getting hit by another car, most bike accidents are actually caused by what lies beneath the bike. The Road. Surprisingly, bike accidents aren’t usually caused by other drivers, but rather dangerous road conditions.

If a Florida bike accident is caused by hazardous road conditions, the government is likely the responsible party. Whether it is the state, county, city, or other public agency, each entity is held responsible for maintaining the road in order to prevent bike accidents. If that entity does not properly maintain their roads, then it may be liable for causing any injury or damage to an individual who has been in a bicycle accident.

Certain hazardous road conditions make a bike rider prone to having an accident. What makes these bike accidents such a travesty is that the road conditions are often completely preventable.

Road Hazards that Cause Bike Accidents

Floridacyclists are most likely to have a bike accident due to one of the following hazardous road conditions.

  1. Sewer Grates
    • Cause the tire to get stuck between the grates
    • Should be placed in perpendicular direction of road
    • Low cost remedy for agencies to repair
  1. Rail & Trolley Tracks
    • Abandoned tracks along side of road
    • Require warning signs to prevent accident
    • Should be placed in perpendicular direction of road
  1. Potholes
    • Neglecting to repair the pothole for several months
    • Improperly or incorrectly repaired
    • Requires sufficient warning

Other common culprits of Broward County bike accidents include uneven pavement, gravel and loose dirt, unsigned curves, road resurfacing bumps, and roadway defects. What looks like a small bump in the road can cause devastating injuries to innocent cyclists.

If you have been in a bicycle accident in South Florida due to hazardous road conditions, it is important to talk with an experienced South Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney. Your attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.

Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to find out what your legal rights are and how to receive help. Call: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to meet with a skilled bicycle accident attorney.