A bicyclist is dead after a St. Petersburg bicycle accident this morning. According to Fox 13 News, the bike accident occurred at 64th Street South and Bougainvilla Avenue South before 7:30 a.m. Officers said the bicyclist was northbound on the west side of the southbound lane along 64th Street South when he made a sudden turn to cross the street, and collided with a 20008 Nissan Altima. The article states that the driver of the vehicle was not able to react quick enough to avoid the crash. The bicyclist was transported to Palms of Pasadena Hospital, but passed away from his injuries.
This accident is a reminder to both bicycle riders and motorists of the importance of being alert. Under Florida Statute 316.2065, every bicyclist has all of the rights that drivers of any other vehicle have. However, the same statute states that the bicyclists have the same duties as car operators as well. To avoid a bike accident, cyclists need to be alert to traffic before attempting to turn. Drivers also need to be alert to bicyclists on the road. Drivers need to remember that there is a greater chance of severe injuries if they strike the bicyclists than if they struck a vehicle. Thus, added attention is needed when approaching a bicyclist. My philosophy is to assume that they are going to do something wrong so be prepared to take evasive action (now, this is my philosophy when approaching pedestrians, bus drivers and other drivers on the road).
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this
bicyclist. Let’s all ride and drive
safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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