The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is investigating a fatal accident that involved a bicycle and a Ford Expedition on Friday, April 1 on Belvedere Road near Caroline Avenue in West Palm Beach. The Palm Beach Post reports the bicyclist, a man in his 40s from Palm Springs, was riding his bicycle before dawn in the suburban West Palm neighborhood when the Expedition struck the bicycle from behind. The 64-year-old driver from Boynton Beach said he didn’t see the biker. The bicyclist was not wearing reflective clothing and his bicycle had no reflectors or lights.
There is no word in this story whether or not any charges will be filed against the driver and whether or not the bicyclist was wearing a helmet. He apparently died at the scene of the fatal Florida bicycle accident.
In Florida in 2009, bicycle rider and passenger fatalities dropped from 118 in 2008 to 100 fatalities in 2009, a decline of 15.3 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2005 that every 10 seconds someone is taken to the emergency room for injuries suffered in a car crash, which we all pay for. Auto accidents cost about $99 billion annually in medical care and lost productivity, while the tab for bicycle crashes runs about $5 billion.
Our condolences go out to the family of this man for his sudden death.
Motorists need to drive defensively and assume there may be anything ahead on the road. The Florida bike crash attorneys of Farah & Farah can represent you in court, even if you shared in some of the responsibility for the accident. Call us to see how we can help you in a complimentary meeting.