Orlando Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bicycle accident attorneys in Central Florida are alarmed at a recent spike in fatal bicycle accidents. Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that a 31-year-old Geneva man was killed recently when he was struck by the side mirror of a pickup truck. The accident occurred around 6:30 a.m. as the victim was riding his bike westbound on Aloma Avenue near Seminole Woods Boulevard in Geneva. Troopers report that he was truck by the passenger side rear-view mirror of a Chevrolet pickup, which knocked him off his bike and onto the pavement. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The 50-year-old driver of the truck was not injured in the crash, and troopers report that charges may be filed pending the results of their investigation.
A recent bicycle accident has claimed the life of a 52-year-old man, who was struck and killed by a SUV while riding on Old Cheney Highway near State Road 50. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) investigation is still underway, but troopers report that the man was struck by a 2002 Ford SUV driven by a 19-year-old man. Troopers say the driver was eastbound on S.R. 50 when he attempted to make a right turn onto Old Cheney Highway. The driver told troopers that he lost control of the steering wheel while making the turn and struck the bicyclist. A FHP spokesperson told reporters that charges are pending against the driver and will be announced when the investigation is complete. The bicyclist suffered massive head injuries and died at the scene of the accident.
A Florida law passed a few years ago to help protect bicyclists from becoming bicycle accident victims has received little publicity or enforcement from state and local police according to recent findings. Five years ago, state lawmakers passed a law that requires motorists to maintain at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist. Since then, only a few hundred drivers have received tickets for violating this law, and most had no idea that such a law was on the books. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham would like to remind his readers to give riders even more room than the required three feet when passing them to reduce bicycle accidents and make roadways safer for everyone.
Law enforcement officials are looking for a green Nissan pickup truck that witnesses saw flee the scene of a bicycle accident that sent a five-year-old boy to the hospital with critical injuries. Bradenton Police say the accident occurred around 7:30 on the evening of March 12 in the 2200 block of Fifth Avenue Drive East. Lt. Bryan Fowler of the Bradenton Police Department said, “The boy was riding his bike in the road when the pickup heading southbound on 22nd Street hit him.” Anyone who witnessed or knows anything about the accident is requested to call the Bradenton Police Department 941-932-9301 or call Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477.