Despite safety improvements, bicycle accidents are common in Jacksonville.
According to Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, in 2012, 726 lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes nationally, just under two people every day of the year in the U.S. The death rate from bicycle crashes is high due to the relative lack of protection bicyclists have in an impact with a motor vehicle.
Jacksonville traffic-safety laws are designed to allow bicyclists to share the road safely with motor vehicles in an increasingly crowded space.
According to the State of Florida Department of Motor Vehicles:
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Department offers information on accidents, and also provides information on filing a police report and on obtaining a police report.
While helmets and proper reflective gear make bicycling safer, riding a bicycle is riskier than driving a car. Maintaining control is more difficult on two wheels, and when collisions happen, bicyclists are at greater risk of serious injury or death because they don't have an enclosed vehicle for protection.
In an injury bike crash, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospitals in the area include:
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy. Since insurance policies often have unique provisions to deal with bicycle-accident injuries, it is important to review the policy and speak with the insurance adjuster to get clarification on coverage.
When a bicycle accident, caused by the negligence of a motorist, results in serious injury or death, the next step is to find an experienced Jacksonville attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and can be hard to manage without legal help. Having a personal injury lawyer on board is a great relief to injured bicyclists, or to the family left behind when an accident proves fatal.
Since most personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation and work on a contingency basis, meaning that there are no up-front costs and all fees are paid when the claim is settled, there is no downside to speaking with an injury attorney right away, to get help for an injured bicyclist.
A St. Augustine bicyclist died Sunday morning on Florida A1A in St. Johns County. Susan Lantz, 62, was traveling north on the shoulder of Florida A1A at 9 a.m.
An unidentified vehicle drove onto the shoulder of U.S. 1 north of St. Augustine near Stokes Landing Road and struck bicyclist Benjamin Robert Kausch, 45 of St. Augustine about 10:35 p.m. Friday, resulting in his death. The vehicle immediately fled the scene.
A deadly hit-and-run traffic accident occurred involving a bicyclist near Hilltop Road and Kings Estate Road in St. Augustine.
Blake Carter, 3, killed after being struck by a vehicle when he attempted to cross at Clay County Road