If you drive on East Bay Drive during rush hour, you know how slow it is. Add a bicycle accident and it gets even slower. That’s what happened yesterday.
According to TBO.com, a bicycle accident happened at the intersection of Seacrest Drive and East Bay Drive in Largo around 5:38 p.m. According to the reports, a bicyclist was attempting to cross East Bat Drive when he was hit by a Hyundai Santa Fe that was traveling east on East Bay Drive in the median lane. The bicyclist was taken by helicopter to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition, police said. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.
Like a motorcycle accident, a bicycle accident can result in much more substantial injuries. That is one reason why both drivers and bicyclists need to pay added attention to each other. The bicyclist does not have the protection of airbags or the absorption from crushing metal when they hit the pavement after a bicycle accident. Protective gear and a helmet may reduce the injuries, but injuries are likely to occur.
One thing I see a lot is bicyclists riding with earphones on. Florida law states it is against the law to drive a vehicle or ride a bicycle while wearing a headset, earphones, headphones or other listening device. Florida Statute 316.304 states that no person shall operate a vehicle while wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing. Oen may argue that that statute states “vehicles.” However, Florida law defines “vehicles ” under Florida Statute 306.003(75) as “every device, in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.”
So, to avoid a bicycle accident, drivers should watch out for bicyclist and expect them to do something foolish (most don’t, but preparation for it is worth it) and bicyclists need to follow the rules of the road and follow Florida law relating to headphones and helmets.
Ride and drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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