A 27-year-old Pinellas Park cyclist died Friday night after being hit by a car on Park Street in Seminole. The cyclist was ejected from his bike after riding in front of a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica that was traveling southbound. Pinellas County law enforcement reported the bicyclist was not riding in the crosswalk, did not have the right away, and had no lights or reflectors on his bicycle.
Law enforcement on the scene also reported alcohol or controlled substances might be a factor in the accident, but the investigation continues. According to the reports, the driver of the car was not under the influence and walked away from the crash uninjured.
Police look at car accidents from a law enforcement perspective, while lawyers and insurance companies look at accidents from a negligence perspective. The issue in any accident case is whether there is evidence of negligence, not only by the driver, but by the cyclist. Many bicycle accident cases are caused by a combination of some fault on the driver and some fault on the bicyclist. Careful investigation is often required.
Jim wrote the Florida Bicycle Accident Handbook to educate cyclists on how to avoid accidents and to assist injured cyclists on what steps to take following an accident. Get your copy today, so if an accident happens tomorrow you will be prepared!