A car-bicycle accident in St. Augustine, Florida that occurred on Wednesday, February 17 resulted in one teenager getting hurt. The victim was identified as 17-year-old Shawn McCook.
McCook said that fortunately, he didn’t suffer from major injuries in the accident and “didn’t break or fracture anything luckily, but [his] foot is still swollen” and that he is finding it difficult to perform some motor functions.
According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System, five people had been killed in bicycle accidents in 2015.
Attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, & Overbeck, P.A. say that nowadays, if you are a bicyclist, following the laws like putting on a helmet while you ride your bicycle or keeping strictly to bike lanes when you are traversing national highways will not be enough to spare you the hurts of getting involved in an accident, especially since you are sharing the road with other motorists who might not be as law-abiding as you.
For instance, the law tells bicyclists to ride as far right as they can; however, this will not help your visibility to other motorists who are pulling out of driveways when someone exiting a parked car opened their door right in front of you, or motorists coming from behind you followed you too closely because you did not afford them the opportunity to change lanes.
The most common way for a bicyclist by a vehicle is when the vehicle is pulling out of a side street, a driveway on the right, or a parking lot, either when the bicyclist is in front of the vehicle and the vehicle hits him, or the vehicle is directly in front of the bicyclist and the bicyclist is forced into a situation wherein he has no choice but to slam into the vehicle directly ahead of him.
Lone way for other vehicles to notice you while you’re riding a bicycle is for you to ride with lights on – on your helmet, your bike parts, or even your clothing (via neon-colored clothes). When you ride at night, it is essential that you get a front headlight for your bicycle. Even during the day, a blinking white light can help make you more visible to motorists who otherwise might have made the mistake of right crossing you.