WKRG out of Panama City reports that a Massachusetts man was struck by a vehicle and thrown off his bicycle in Okaloosa County last Thursday morning just after 8:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 90. FHP reported that a 28-year-old male was traveling east near McKenzie Road when 41-year-old male tried to pass him but failed to maintain a safe distance. The bicyclist was taken to North Okaloosa Medical Center with serious injuries. The 41-year-old male was charged in the accident.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured cyclist and his family.
Here in Florida, you can only pass a bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle at a safe distance of not less than three (3) feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle. (Fla. Stat. Section 316.083)
Did you know that in 2013, 743 people lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes. This is the highest number of fatalities since 2006, when 772 were killed.
Injuries have stayed around 50,000 in recent years with 52,000 injuries in 2008, 51,000 in 2009, and 52,000 again in 2010. Like walking injury figures, research into hospital records shows that only a fraction of bicycle crashes causing injury are ever recorded by the police, possibly as low as ten percent.
◾ Bicyclist deaths in 2001: 732
◾ Bicyclist deaths in 2013: 743 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
◾ Reduction in bicyclist deaths between 2001 and 2011: 7.5 percent
◾ Bicyclist injuries in 2001: 45,000
◾ Bicyclist injuries in 2013: 48,000 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
◾ Increase in bicyclist injuries between 2001 and 2011: 8.9 percent
◾ The total cost of bicyclist injury and death is over $4 billion per year (National Safety Council).
If you or a loved one has been injured in an bicycle accident where you were hit be a vehicle, contact us at Brannon & Brannon.