There is a growing concern: an alarming increase in bicycle fatalities, both nationally and in Miami. Recent figures reveal that from 2017 to 2021, there were 2.7 fatal bicycle crashes per 1 million residents across the US, marking a 5% increase from the 2012–2016 period. A trend that, while troubling, pales in comparison to the situation unfolding on our local streets.
In the same period from 2017 to 2021, Miami witnessed 7.7 fatal bicycle crashes per 1 million residents, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This represents a staggering 28% increase from 2012–2016, catapulting Miami to fifth among US cities for most fatal bicycle crashes.
More Bikes on the Road Than Ever Before
The increase in bicycle use following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly a contributing factor to these harrowing statistics. The pandemic sparked a boom in e-bike usage, reflecting a societal shift toward alternative transportation. However, the rise in bike usage should not equate to a rise in fatalities. Rather, it emphasizes the need for more vigilant measures to ensure the safety of all road users.
Meanwhile, locally, Miami continues to see a boom in construction projects. “Traffic congestion, distracted drivers, and the constant construction projects on our roadways present a perfect storm leading to more crashes,” said attorney Michael Levine.
The stark reality is that there is no excuse for any motorist to endanger the life of another due to negligence, inattention, or impaired judgment. Likewise, construction companies need to ensure they are providing adequate maintenance of traffic and taking all precautions to protect bicyclists and pedestrians as well as drivers.
Each fatal bicycle accident is not just a statistic, but a life abruptly ended, a family forever scarred, and a clear indicator that our society must do better.
At STFBC, we’ve witnessed firsthand the devastation wrought by these accidents. We’ve stood beside numerous clients who have been grievously injured by reckless or intoxicated drivers as well as those injured due to construction-related issues on our roadway.
As a law firm deeply committed to justice, we staunchly believe in every individual’s right to share the road, whether they are motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians.
The figures are a stark reminder of the importance of creating safe environments for cyclists in our community.