Bay News 9 reports a 56-year-old bicyclist was killed after being struck by a car in Lakeland on last Sunday evening. The cyclist was biking on Lake Hollingsworth Drive when he was hit by a Toyota Camry and ejected from his bike. The 74-year-old driver was traveling northbound on the road when he lost control of his car. His vehicle reportedly drove across traffic traveling the opposite direction and collided into the bicyclist. The motorist was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Sadly, the cyclist died from his injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol says they are still investigating the accident, but no charges have been filed thus far.
More cyclists are killed in Florida per year than any other state in the U.S. Bicycle accidents annually make up between three and five percent of all traffic fatalities in the state according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.
When police investigate an accident, they look to see if any traffic laws were broken. An experienced bicycle accident attorney investigates to determine who was at fault. A driver found to have negligently caused someone’s death may be responsible for paying financial compensation to the victim’s survivors including medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses, and the emotional loss of the survivors.
For over two decades, attorney Jim Dodson has handled cases in which bicyclists died or were seriously injured. As a cyclist, a safety advocate, and bicycle accident attorney, Jim understands the Florida legal system and how to help families obtain compensation for their loss. If you're not ready to speak with an attorney but would like more information, ask us to send you our free Florida Bicycle Accident Handbook. This easy to read guide was written to answer most questions clients ask us after a cycling accident. We’ll get it to you right away with other helpful information.