The Clearwater Police Department reported a collision involving a bicyclist and a vehicle occurred on Thursday, February 18th, at Dimmitt Drive and the service lanes of U.S. 19. The crash was reported just before 11 AM. Helicopter Ambulance Air Life 3 responded and flew the injured bicyclist to a hospital.
Photos posted on IONTB showed a bicycle pinned underneath what appeared to be a water delivery truck. Further details were not available, and the cause of the collision remains under investigation.
What Caused this Bicycle Accident?
Based on the limited information provided, it appears this collision happened at an intersection. It is not clear what direction the cyclist and vehicles were traveling and if factors such as speeding, distracted driving, or impairment were factors. There are a number of unanswered questions that hopefully will be addressed in the investigation.
We hope the individual involved in this collision makes a full recovery and is able to heal. We wish them and their family the very best as they face the difficult aftermath.
Bicycle Accidents Occur All Too Often Along Florida’s Gulf Coast
In October of last year, the Clearwater Patch reported that the Tampa Bay metropolitan area reported continually ranks high numbers for bicyclist and pedestrian deaths. In Florida, walking and biking are common ways to get around, but some areas have insufficient sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks to protect cyclists and pedestrians. Last year, the Florida Department of Transportation launched an initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Visit alerttodayflorida.com to learn about Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan (PBSSP).
Bicycle Accidents Cause Serious Injuries
Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to serious injury or death in any collision with a vehicle, or even a near-miss collision that causes them to be thrown from their bike. Catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bone injuries. Although a helmet reduces the risk of head injuries, bicyclists are not immune from concussions, skull fractures, and brain injuries even with a helmet. Injuries sustained in a cycling accident may cause permanent disability.
Recovering Compensation For Bicycle Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one are involved in a bicycle collision in Florida caused by the negligence of another driver, you have the right to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other injuries. Recovering fair compensation can be challenging without a lawyer advocating for you. All accident victims are well-advised to speak with an attorney before accepting any insurance settlement offer.
A skilled and knowledgeable Clearwater personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options to protect your rights. To speak to a Tampa personal injury attorney at the Coleman Law Group about your potential case, call us today at 727-214-0400. All consultations are free and if we represent you, there are no legal fees unless we recover money for you.