Bicycle Accident Fatality
Bicycle safety continues to be an ongoing concern for many Americans. According to the Florida Bicycle Association, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist as the driver. Despite the many bicycle traffic laws, unfortunately, accidents still continue to occur for cyclists.
Just recently another fatal accident has occurred in one of our local areas. On February 26, 2016, a light colored pickup truck was involved in a hit and run crash which killed a 14 year old boy in Port Charlotte. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the young teenager was riding his bicycle with his friends on Sheehan Boulevard when a pickup truck crossed the painted double yellow center line and struck the teen. The driver of the truck then continued to drive away and leave the scene of the crash. The young teen was taken to the hospital, where he later died from the injuries sustained from the accident. The authorities believe the pickup truck was similar to 2003-2006 Chevrolet pickup truck. If you have any information which could help the authorities, please call the FHP at 239-344-1730 or Crimestoppers at 800-780-8477.
Since there are many different types of vehicles which are on the roads each day, it is important to know the rules in order to share the road safely and prevent accidents from happening. The Florida Bicycle Association offers information for bicyclists which includes things such as: Tips for Successful Cycling, Avoiding Motorist Errors, Avoiding Cyclist Errors and Bicycle Traffic Law. The Florida Bicycle Association also offers information for motorists such as: Sharing the Road with Bicycles, Laws for Motorists and Avoiding Mistakes that cause Crashes. To view the information for bicyclists and motorists, visit the Florida Bicycle Association at http://floridabicycle.org/. The U.S. Department of Transportation also has information for Share the Road Safely which gives educational information for car drivers, truck and bus drivers, drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and mature drivers. To view this information, visit their website at http://www.sharetheroadsafely.gov/index.asp.
Speak to an Attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, seek advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 50 years of experience with accidents involving cyclists. We have six offices in Southwest Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.