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Miami bicycle accident raises awareness of safety throughout South Florida

As a Miami resident and wife of an avid cyclist, the news of the recent tragedy on Key Biscayne was devastating.

There was an awesome turnout yesterday morning where cyclists met for a group ride in honor of 37 year old Aaron Cohen, the fatal victim of a hit and run accident last week. The riders went along the William Powell Bridge where Aaron and Enda Walsh were hit by a female automobile driver who fled the scene and later turned herself in.

As an accident lawyer in Miami it is truly amazing to see the support and respect that these riders have displayed not only for the injured, but for the sport on a whole. The facebook pages of local bicycle team have been filled with deep rooted thoughts and prayers for all involved. What is more surprising are the posts that show the great respect that these riders have for their beloved sport. Not deterred by fear, there is a momentum to keep riding.

It is this momentum that riders will hope to promote knowledge, awareness and safety of all who share the roadways of South Florida. It seems that this has already begun bicycle safety initiative. As my husband puts on his team JAMA jersey three mornings every week, I for one am excited about the prospect of safer roadways for cyclists!!

Miami family cries for help in finding hit and run driver

Miami television station WSVN-TV has reported an urgent plea by the family of a victim of a hit and run accident which occurred on Northwest 32 Avenue in Miami, FL. The accident occurred on Sunday night when the victim , who was riding his bicycle, was bit by a motor vehicle that failed to stop after the accident. The victim, 44 year old Francisco Caro, died at the scene.

Miami-Dade police report that the vehicle was a yellow or gold Oldsmobile with right side damage and request that anyone who has any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. These tips are completely anonymous.

Should investigators find the person responsible for this accident, they may face criminal charges and be responsible for civil damages to the family of the deceased victim. A thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances giving rise to the accident may need to be conducted to solidify negligence.

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Florida Ranks First in the U.S. in Fatal Bicycle Accidents

Coming in first in a bicycle race is usually a cause for celebration. However, it's not a win for Florida, which ranks first in the nation in fatal bicycle crashes, according to local news station NBC.

Florida has finished in the top three states in the U.S. with the most bicycle collisions for several years in a row. Between 2008 and 2010, 644 bicycle accidents occurred in southwest Florida alone. According to the article, the crashes average about one accident every 34 hours. In 17 of those accidents, the bicyclist loses their life.

In response to these distressing statistics, cities and counties throughout Florida began creating and implementing design plans to provide bike lanes and other amenities to make the streets safer for bicyclists. For example, in 2006, Fort Myers made a plan to add bike lanes and sidewalks to several of its city streets. However, five years later, the Fort Myers plan is only 13 percent complete. According to Fort Myers' chief engineer, the city has not been able to find the money to revamp its streets in the face of the recent economic downturn.

Many bicyclists suffer injuries in Florida bicycle accidents when motorists fail to safely share the road with them. Drivers can help protect bicyclists by carefully watching for bicycles and slowing down or moving over in their lane to give bicyclists more room to maneuver. Meanwhile, bicyclists can make themselves more visible by placing lights on their bikes and wearing reflective clothing, including a reflective helmet.


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