Bicyclist Dies in Northwest Miami Dade Accident
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FL – According to an online news report at wsvn.com, a bicyclist tragically died after being struck by a sports utility vehicle in Northwest Miami-Dade.*
Rescue crews in addition to the Florida Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of the accident which occurred close to Northwest 167th Street and Second Avenue The accident occurred earlier this week.
It has been reported that the driver remained at the scene of the crash. The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation of the accident. There are no further details on the accident at this time.
According to an online report from wjhg.com, millions of individuals use Florida roadways on a daily basis, which creates dangers for motorists as well as bicyclists alike. According to AAA officials, Florida leads the nation in the number of fatal bicycle accidents. In 2017, almost eight hundred people perished in Florida from biking related accidents.
"When you mix bicyclists and pedestrians in with traffic you're gonna have a problem," said a local bicycle shop owner.
Per AAA officials, the leading causes of bicycle accidents in Florida is a failure to yield and poor roadway lighting, both of which cause hundreds of accidents each year.
Another reason for accidents involving bicycles is due to the fact that many cities are not very accommodating to the large number of bicyclists. "A lot of cities, a lot of people commute on their bicycles. This not being a pedestrian-orientated town, meaning there's not a lot of people walking and there's not a lot of people riding their bikes, motorists are not looking out for them," said the local bike shop owner.
Other factors in causing Florida bicycle deaths is that many drivers do not obey certain traffic laws as they relate to biking. The bike shop owner noted that drivers should take courses that teach them the rules of the road related to biking. He further notes that cities should also create roads that have separate bicycle paths to keep bikers safe.
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Source:https://wsvn.com/news/local/bicyclist-killed-by-driver-in-northwest-miami-dade/ and https://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Florida-ranks-number-1-in-fatal-bicycle-accidents-in-the-US-510596771.html
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