Bicyclist Sustains Fatal Injuries in Accident on Highway 98 in Panama City
PANAMA CITY, FL – According to an online news article published by www.wjhg.com, a bicyclist was struck and killed in an accident on Highway 98.*
Local police indicate that one person is dead following a bicycle accident at the intersection of Highway 98 and 17thStreet in Panama City. Reports indicate the bicyclist was hit by an eastbound truck while attempting to cross the street.
The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. No additional details about the crash are available, and an investigation is ongoing.
Florida Ranks First in Fatal Bicycle Accidents
The state of Florida is known for having deadly traffic accidents year after year. Not only does Florida rank number one for both fatal pedestrian accidents and fatal motorcycle accidents, but Florida also takes first place in fatal bicycle accidents.
According to data provided by AAA, Florida had almost 800 bicycle accident fatalities in 2017. Both AAA and a Florida bicycle shop owner state that traffic violations and a lack of dedicated bicycle lanes or paths are significant contributors to bicycle accidents.
AAA officials state that a failure to yield and poor lighting are “some of the biggest causes of accidents.”
In Bay County, a bicycle shop owner indicates the streets are not very accommodating of bicyclists, and that such a lack of accommodation is widespread in Florida. Motorists living in a city with few pedestrians and bicyclists are not accustomed to sharing the road with bicyclists.
The bicycle shop owner says that a “lot of cities, a lot of people commute on their bicycles. This not being a pedestrian-oriented 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.”
The bicycle shop owner believes that drivers should take driving courtesy classes and city officials should be more accommodating of bicyclists by creating roadways with separate bike paths.
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Source:https://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Fatal-bicycle-accident-on-Highway-98-545498141.html and https://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Florida-ranks-number-1-in-fatal-bicycle-accidents-in-the-US-510596771.html
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