Some parts of the nation haven't had warm weather until recently, though Florida typically enjoys summerlike temperatures for a significant part of the year. More and more people are getting outside for both recreation and necessity, including cyclists. Unfortunately, this isn't without its fair share of risk, since people on bicycles have less protection in an accident than someone in a vehicle. One recent bicycle accident here in Florida left one person dead. and it may serve as a reminder to motorists that it is always best to use caution when driving near pedestrians and cyclists.
In many areas of the country, people are just starting to go outside and enjoy spring weather. The warmer climate here in Florida means that people have more opportunity to get outside on their bikes or as pedestrians, which can have significant benefits to both physical and mental health. Unfortunately, there is significant risk to bicyclists and pedestrians who travel near motor vehicle traffic. A recent bicycle accident that took a person's life is the second fatal pedestrian accident to happen at that particular intersection in less than a month.
In Florida, the warmer weather means people can partake in outdoor activities much later into the year than in many other places in the country. Walking and riding bikes are favorite pastimes of many people, but they are not without risk. When cyclists or pedestrians are near traffic, they risk being struck by a vehicle, leading to injury or even death. This is what police say occurred after a bicycle accident allegedly caused by a drunk driver left a man with serious injuries.
When a vehicle accident results in a person's death, it is always a sad event, but the tragedy seems amplified when the victim is a child. The family may struggle with questions about why the event occurred and how they might possibly go on, not to mention the sadness over losing someone who didn't get the chance to have a long life. One Florida family is likely experiencing just that after a young boy lost his life to a bicycle accident involving a car.
Most people who walk in the vicinity of traffic realize that they face potential risks. However, most of them also probably assume that drivers will take extra care when pedestrians are nearby. That is typically true, but unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians happen all too often. One Florida woman recently lost her life in a pedestrian accident after a driver fled the scene of a prior accident.
Most people are well aware of the potential dangers that come with operating any type of motor vehicle. What they may not consider is the risk that is involved when they are just a pedestrian. People walking near traffic are susceptible to harm that can be even more serious since they do not have the protection of a vehicle. This is echoed in the recent death of one woman here in Florida who was the victim of a recent pedestrian accident that has left authorities with several questions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that approximately 1,300 people were killed in school-related transportation accidents throughout the years of 2006 to 2015. Alarmingly, 100 of those killed were school-aged children. Sadly, seven more Florida individuals are victims of bicycle/pedestrian accidents following a crash as they waited at a school bus stop.