Early Saturday morning a car hit a group of bicyclists in Weston, Broward County and critically injured them. One of the cyclists, George Mayer, after being struck by the vehicle, was airlifted to the hospital. The other three cyclists were also transported to the hospital by emergency personnel. The Broward County Sheriff responded to the accident scene and continues to investigate the accident. It is unclear at this point whether any of the parties were under the influence at the time of the accident. Furthermore, details such as whether the driver was texting will likely be investigated by the responding police agency.
South Florida is no stranger to bicyclists being injured and sometimes killed by cars. It would be difficult to discuss biking accidents without mentioning the death of, Aron Cohen, the 36 year old bicyclist, who was killed while riding his bicycle in Key Biscayne by a hit and run car crash. In addition, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida is one of the top states for accidents involving bicyclists; 83 bicyclist fatalities in 2010 as a result of a car accident. Florida is currently ranked by the League of American Bicyclists 21 in their Bicycle Friendly State Program, however, this ranking does not take into consideration the number of bicycle involved car accidents per year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety documented that in 2010 many more cyclists were killed in urban areas than in rural areas (71% to 28%). Traffic, the large number of motor vehicles on the road, and the ever growing South Florida population, make cycling on the road almost an extreme sport – something it should not be. Many organizations have lobbied and worked diligently to push through legislation that increases bike safety and that provides for sharing the road.
If you or your loved one have been injured by a car while riding a bicycle, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. As a Florida cyclist you may be entitled to insurance benefits that you did not know were available to you, from your insurance and that of the driver of the car. Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A. may be able to help you if you have been injured by a car, preserve your legal rights and your right to recover the insurance benefits available to you, and the justice that you deserve. The attorneys as Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., Jeffrey Davis and Olga Porven, are available to discuss any case you may have concerns about. Contact us for a free consultation regarding your case involving a bicycle accident.