Bike Accident in Melbourne Claims Bicyclist’s Life

A 60-year-old bicyclist tragically lost her life in a bike accident in a Melbourne intersection when a car turning left collided with her bicycle. According to a report on the incident, a witness informed Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) investigators that the bicyclist was crossing the crosswalk when the light turned green. At that moment, a driver waiting to turn left completed the left-turn. This resulted in a collision with the bicyclist. The driver, unharmed, remained at the scene of the bike accident. The FHP is still investigating the crash.

Ensuring Safety While Riding a Bicycle in Florida

Bicycle safety holds paramount importance in the Sunshine State. Florida consistently ranks as the most dangerous state in the country for bicyclists. South Florida poses extra challenges for cyclists. Given this harsh reality, not only adhering to the law but exceeding the Sunshine State’s requirements is crucial for every bicyclist in Florida. The state’s roads are not designed with bicyclist safety in mind. Most Florida drivers fail to provide the respect and space that bicyclists deserve. Consequently, cyclists must take extra measures to ensure their safety on the roads. Wearing helmets, staying vigilant about other motor vehicles and bicyclists, and strictly following all applicable traffic laws help to avoid a bike accident.

Sharing the Road Responsibly with Motorists

Contrary to popular belief, bicyclists don’t always have the right of way on Florida’s roads. While fault remains unclear in the recent Melbourne bike accident, it emphasizes that bicyclists must not disregard traffic signals. Under Florida law, bicyclists must obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicles, enjoying the same rights to the road. Surprisingly, many people are unaware that causing an accident or violating the law is a ticketable offense for Florida bicyclists. Therefore, it is crucial for bicyclists in Florida to adhere to traffic laws. This is especially crucial in traffic-heavy and aggressive South Florida. Paying particular attention to obeying signals is essential for ensuring road safety and minimizing the risk of a bike accident. This diligence could have potentially altered the outcome of the recent Melbourne accident, pending the FHP’s investigation completion.

Contact Schwed, Adams & McGinley

If you are a cyclist involved in a motor vehicle accident in Florida, seek the expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact the seasoned personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Schwed, Adams & McGinley, P.A., today. With a successful track record in representing clients involved in bicycle-motor vehicle collisions, our attorneys bring 200 combined years of legal practice to your situation. Reach out to us today at (877) 694-6079 or contact@schwedlawfirm.com for a free consultation regarding your circumstances.