It remains a mystery why a 16-year-old high school student collided with a vehicle within a mile of her school on Tuesday, October 25. The University High School student was riding near the intersection of Carpenter and Rhode Island avenues in Orange City when a call came into authorities that he had been hit by a vehicle around 3 p.m.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers responded and found that a 16-year-old driver had been eastbound on Rhode Island when she turned right and the bicycle ran into the passenger side of the car, sending the bicyclist to the hospital with minor injuries. FHP says the bike may not have had brakes and the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.
The biker is fortunate he was not more seriously injured. Let’s keep his recovery in our prayers. There could be charges filed following an investigation.
In Volusia County, 11 other students have been the victims of accidents with motor vehicles either going to or coming from school since the start of the school year in September.
As a result, the county began to construct sidewalks to allow children a safer route on a designated walkway to and from school.
Florida Bicycle Accidents
According to statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), November is the deadliest month for bicycle fatalities with 13% of crashes for the year occurring during that month. Florida had the most fatal bicycle crashes among all 50 states in 2009. Even though California has twice the population, one out of every seven fatal bicycle crashes occurred in Florida. In 2010, Florida had 99 bicyclists killed, a decline by more than 16% from 2009 (118 fatalities).
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, the bike accident lawyers in Jacksonville of Farah & Farah will offer a complimentary consultation to discuss your options, including whether or not we can hold the responsible party accountable for the costs associated with your injury and recovery. Call us at 1 (800) 533-3555, and please ride safe.
Source: http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/west-volusia/2011/10/26/bicyclist-vehicle-collide-after-school.html; http://www.flhsmv.gov/html/VulnerableUsersRpts/Bicyclists2010.pdf