CORAL SPRINGS BICYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE
It has been just one week now since a young twenty-two year old woman, Sarra Heike, was struck and killed by a car while on her bike. Like many other bicyclists, Heike was traveling on a busy highway, University Drive in Coral Springs.
At around four in the afternoon, and while attempting to cross the busy street by NW 25th Court, the young woman was hit by a motorist, Richard Barrow. Barrow remained at the scene until emergency aid arrived to transport the victim to the hospital, but while on route by helicopter, Heike passed away from her injuries.
While this horrific event could cause many bicyclists to be reluctant as to getting on the roadways again, accidents involving bicyclists have, unfortunately, been prevalent for as long as automobiles and bikes have shared the same streets.
BIKES AND RELATED INJURIES
We all know that bicyclists have the same rights to the roads as drivers do. This fact sometimes causes us to fail to recognize the significant differences between the two forms of transportation. Here in Florida, the staggering statistics are undeniable; we have the largest amount of death-related bicycle accidents in the country. With large counties like, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward, South Florida specifically has the most deaths in the state by far.
In 2009, Florida had it largest number of fatalities for many years and continued to lead the country. Some of the death tolls by county included:
• Dade – 12 • Palm Beach – 11 • Pinellas – 10 • Broward – 10 • Orange – 6
WHY BICYCLE ACCIDENTS OCCUR
Getting hit by a car has to be the biggest thing on a bicyclist’s mind while riding on busy roadways. The truth of the matter is that same fear that runs through a bicyclist’s mind is most likely what keeps most people from riding bikes along certain streets. There are many things that must go through their heads as to what could go wrong. Some bicycle related accident causes include:
• Motorists cutting off a bicyclist • Motorists entering roadways from driveways • Motorists backing out from parked positions
• Motorists failing to yield the right-of-way • Motorists failing to properly stop at red lights / stop signs • Motorists distracted by multitasking with electronics • Motorists failing to accurately judge the distance that a bicyclist is traveling from • Impaired Motorists
There is no question that when a bicyclist is struck by an automobile, the damage they receive can be devastating. Many lives are affected by injuries sustained in a bicycle-related accident. When someone is killed while riding a bike, the emotional pain that is felt is indescribable. Often times, a bicyclist never saw the automobile that struck them.
CONTACT OUR FORT LAUDERDALE BICYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle related accident, hiring an attorney may be the best thing you could do. Hospital bills need to be paid, and making sure that the liable party actually makes those payments can be a difficult thing to accomplish. Call Madalon Law today for your free consultation.