A 56-year-old Cape Coral bicyclist is recovering after he was hit by a car last week The Fort Myers Beach Observer reports. The cyclist was traveling against the flow of traffic on Southeast 47th Terrace when he continued into the intersection of Southeast Sixth Avenue and was hit by a car turning left.
According to law enforcement, the bicyclist’s tire struck the car’s front bumper, which caused the cyclist to be ejected from his bicycle onto the car’s hood and windshield. He then fell from the car’s hood to the pavement. The victim was taken to a local hospital for serious injuries including head trauma. Police said the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The driver of the car was uninjured. Authorities do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. Police said a traffic homicide investigation on the crash continues.
More cyclists lose their lives in accidents in Florida than in any other U.S. state. Close to 100 cyclists are injured in Lee County crashes every year. Drivers commonly tell law enforcement “I never saw them” after an accident. Bicyclists are required to follow the rules of the road and do everything they can make to make themselves visible to motorists.
If a motorist’s carelessness is proven to have caused a collision that has injured a cyclist, a claim may be filed for financial compensation against the driver.
Fort Myers bicycle accident attorney and cyclist, Jim Dodson understands Florida traffic and bicycle laws. Jim is committed to holding negligent drivers responsible. He works hard to protect accident victims in obtaining a settlement that will help pay for medical treatment, lost wages, bike replacement or repair and other personal damages. For help, call our office today at 888-207-0905.