Cyclist Dies in Pedestrian Accident in Bradenton, Florida (FL)
MANATEE, FL- Bradenton.com writes that a man from Bradenton died in a crash while out cycling this week in Bradenton. The incident occurred in Palmetto in the mid-morning at the intersection of 61st Street East and US 19. The Florida Highway Patrol identified the victim only as a 61-year-old man from Bradenton.*
The crash occurred when a 48-year-old driver heading northbound on US 19 struck the cyclist who was crossing the roadway. The crash is still under investigation, and no additional information is available.
Florida is a dangerous state for cyclists. Reports have indicated that the Sunshine State leads the nation in these deadly crashes. One reason sometimes speculated is that the state has many tourists who are not familiar with the roads. Often these incidents are reportedly caused by a failure to yield.
When it comes to staying safe, cyclists can protect themselves by using a helmet. The AAA states that only around a little more than one-third of cyclists in Florida report using a helmet when they ride. Florida law states that drivers must give cyclists three feet of space when they pass them, but many drivers state that they feel they often do not have enough space on the road to safely pass a bike.
Drivers should be cautious when driving around cyclists and should yield to them if they are planning to turn. It is important to check blind spots and look in mirrors to determine whether a cyclist is around as they are sometimes overlooked by motorists.
Safety advocates also say that it is a good idea to give additional space to cyclists when the weather is bad.
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