Bicycles provide Florida residents a relatively inexpensive and healthy way to get around. As the number of people choosing to ride bicycles has increased, bicycle accidents have also become common. In a collision between a bicycle and an automobile, the bicycle always loses the battle as was the case with a recent accident in Boca Raton.
A 34-year-old man was killed after his bicycle was struck by a pickup truck around 5:45 a.m. on July 17 in West Boca Raton. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office crash report says a 2010 Nissan Frontier, driven by a 60-year-old Delray Beach man, was heading south on SR 7 at the Sandalfoot Boulevard when the vehicle entered the intersection with the green light and struck the bicycle. According to investigators, the cyclist went into the path of the vehicle and caused a violent collision.
The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, while the pickup truck driver was uninjured. One witness said he was crossing the street about ten feet behind the cyclist when the crash occurred. He added that he did not see any vehicles coming, but he heard a crash as they crossed, and saw the victim on the ground.
While the crash report suggests there was no negligence involved on the part of the truck driver this is not usually the case with accidents involving bicycles and vehicles. Motorist negligence accounts for the majority of bicycle accidents as bicycles are smaller than vehicles and often harder to see in drivers blind spots.