An adult male bicyclist was critically injured in Alachua County, Florida Monday after he was allegedly struck by a car, sending him through the windshield. The crash occurred around 3:45 p.m. on U.S. 441 near Micanopy, FL.
The highway was briefly closed so that a helicopter could land.
Cycling in Florida is very popular given that the weather allows for this activity to be enjoyed any time of year. In 2007 the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that over 4,800 bicycle accidents resulted in 4,303 injuries and claimed the lives of 121 bicyclists. In its June 29, 2010 report the DHSMV showed that bicycle fatalities decreased 15 percent between 2008 and 2009 from 118 to 100.
A bicyclist injured on the roadways is usually the result of a careless or negligent driver. Cyclists sharing the road with motor vehicles can have complications such as limited sight lines and slower reaction times that can cause severe injuries or even wrongful death. Wrongful death occurs when another person’s negligence is the legal cause of an injury that leads to someone’s death that was otherwise avoidable. While different from murder, which is intentional, wrongful death is the result of an accident that transpired due to careless behavior or misconduct.
If you or someone you love was the victim of a wrongful death in Florida, contact the Florida Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or call 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).