Pedestrian v. Bicycle

pedestrian v bicycleMillions of people across the U.S. walk every day. For some, walking is a means of relaxation and recreation. For others, walking is a primary method of travel that they use for running errands, getting to school or work, and visiting others. The Federal Highway Administration reports that more than 107 million people walk as a regular mode of travel. Millions more use bicycles to get around. Because cyclists and pedestrians share the same roads, sidewalks, and trails, collisions are bound to happen. When they do, serious injuries may result.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Collisions between pedestrians and bicyclists occur because many in those two groups travel the same locales. Use of common ground:


  • Sidewalks 45.1%
  • Paved roads 24.8%
  • Shoulder of road 8.4%
  • Unpaved roads 8.0%
  • Paths/trails 5.8%
  • Grass/fields 4.9%
  • Other 3%


  • Paved roads 48.1%
  • Sidewalks 13.6%
  • Paths/trails 13.1%
  • Shoulder of road 12.8%
  • On-road bike lanes 5.2%
  • Unpaved roads 5.2%
  • Other 2.1%

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

At the law firm of Freeman Injury Law, our Fort Lauderdale personal injurylawyers know that Florida’s warm weather and scenic vistas make outdoor activities very popular. However, we’ve also seen the injuries that can happen when bicyclists and pedestrians collide. Our pedestrian and bicycle injury attorneys know that crashes can leave both walkers and cyclists with serious injuries. That’s why our firm has built solid experience representing accident victims who have been hurt in a variety of circumstances. If you feel that you’ve been hurt because someone else was reckless or negligent, talk to our veteran personal injury lawyers about your eligibility to pursue compensation.

Any time a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the potential for serious injury exists. Severity of injuries can be affected by such factors as the type of vehicle, its size, and speed. While a bicycle/pedestrian crash may not seem serious at first blush, the injuries caused can be extensive – for both pedestrian and rider.

The Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at Freeman Injury Law observe that the location of a pedestrian/bike crash can make a lot of difference in injury severity. For instance, a collision on a paved road can be very dangerous, exposing both parties to falls on hard surfaces and may put them in peril from further collisions with passing motor vehicles. Many bicyclists take part in races, which necessitates training. In turn, that training may mean that a rider may travel at high speeds to build racing capability. A resulting crash with a pedestrian can be far more serious than one that takes place at very slow speeds.

When you or someone you know has been hurt in a pedestrian/bicycle crash, the St. Lucie personal injury attorneys at Freeman Injury Law can assess your situation and advise you on your right to pursue compensation. We know that severe injuries from such a collision may include traumatic brain injuries, multiple broken bones, internal organ damage, deep lacerations and more. Some of those injuries can mean lengthy hospital stays, time in physical rehabilitation facilities, ongoing treatment plans, physical therapy and other expensive medical interventions. You need to know that you have a strong and assured attorney on your side. At Freeman Injury Law, our seasoned personal injury lawyers will aggressively pursue any monetary damages you might be due for your suffering. When injuries keep you from working, you also want the assurance that your lawyer has the personal injury experience needed to secure compensation for your lost wages, too. Our highly regarded personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have a record of successful recovery on behalf of South Florida accident victims. Call us today and ask for a free consultation about your case. If we don’t recover damages for you, you pay no fees.

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