ABC News reports a 48-year-old bicyclist was struck by a SUV in Cape Coral on Friday. Around 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, the cyclist was traveling eastbound on Pine Island Road. The 58-year-old driver of an SUV drifted out of the lane into the bike lane where it was reported the bicyclist was riding.
Unfortunately, the cyclist was thrown onto the vehicle’s hood and against the windshield. The bicyclist was reportedly not wearing a helmet. He was taken to an area hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Law enforcement stated the crash was not alcohol related.
According to the news, this is yet another example of a bicycle rider being hit from behind while lawfully in the bike lane by a driver who never saw him. How does this happen? While the reports don’t say what caused the driver to veer out of their lane, commonly it happens from inattention or a driver distracted by something or someone in the car. The consequence for cyclists is often catastrophic when negligent drivers do not share the road.
Florida is the most deadly state for bicyclists in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lee County is the sixteenth most fatal county for bicyclists out of Florida’s sixty-seven counties. Bicycle and pedestrian crashes make up twenty-two percent of the county’s wrecks, which is double the national average.
After a cycling crash, police investigate to determine whether any traffic laws were violated. An experienced bicycle injury accident attorney looks at the collision from the standpoint of who should be held responsible for paying the victim’s harms and losses.
For over two decades, Cape Coral bicycle lawyer Jim Dodson has successfully handled cases in which a bike rider was seriously or fatally injured when hit by a car. As a cyclist and bicycle accident attorney, Jim understands the Florida legal system. He is committed to helping victims receive financial compensation for their medical bills, lost earnings, injuries, and other losses. Jim has taken his years of experience working with cycling accident victims and has written the Florida Bicycle Accident Handbook, an easy-to-read guide which explains the steps to take after an accident. If you, or someone you know, were hurt in a cycling collision in Florida, request your copy, free of charge.