A Doral teenager has passed away after being hit by a car while riding his bike last night around 7:30 p.m. The teenager was riding his bike near a CVS Pharmacy located at Northwest 107th Avenue and Northwest 74th Street, according to a spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Police Department. The teen was struck by a car being driven by a 70 year-old man. The driver remained on scene, according to police. The teen was later pronounced deceased. An investigation is being conducted by Miami-Dade Police’s Traffic Homicide department.
Bicycle Accidents in South Florida
There are several traffic situations in which the danger of striking a bicyclist is particularly great, when the motorist should watch carefully for people on bicycles. Intersections and overtaking or passing situations are the settings for most accidents, and violations of the rules of the road resulting in motorist liability are usually compounded by improper lookout in these accidents. Although in most cases collisions at intersections will involve negligent operation of the bicycle rather than the motor vehicle, the failure of a motorist to exercise reasonable care to avoid collisions with a bicyclist at an intersection may give rise to liability on the part of the motorist.
For example, this may be the case where the motorist makes an improper turn, such as cutting the corner in turning at an intersection or enters an intersection at an excessive rate of speed. Liability may also attach where the motorist ran a red light or a stop sign, or where under the circumstances the bicyclist otherwise had the right of way. On streets and roads where traffic includes both motor vehicles and bicycles, overtaking and passing presents a particularly dangerous situation. When approaching bicyclists from behind on a narrow road, the motorist should give them a non-startling warning by a light tap on the horn, to make sure the cyclists know of the vehicle’s approach. In many jurisdictions there is a statutory duty for a motorist to sound his horn and warn a bicyclist of his intention to pass. Then, the motorist should give as much room to the bicycle as possible when passing.
In general, a motorist must maintain a safe distance from an overtaken bicyclist. Another situation requiring great caution is when the motorist is pulling into and out of parking spaces. Motorists must watch for bikes in parking situations, even when the motorist might be justified in not anticipating a bicyclist’s presence.
Speak with a Miami Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, you may have a right to seek compensation for your losses. The Law Offices of Suarez & Montero Car Accident Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with locations in Miami and Broward. A personal injury claim can seek funds that cover medical expenses, lost income and other damages. Almost nothing is more aggravating to a client than to leave a legal project in a lawyer’s hands and then have weeks or even months go by without anything happening. You want a lawyer who will work hard on your behalf and follow through promptly on all assignments. Consider the size of the law firm when hiring an attorney. Many times, a large law firm will assign the case to a less experienced attorney, and not necessarily the attorney that you initially met with. Being able to communicate effectively with your attorney is a crucial aspect of any successful case. Evaluate your attorney’s responsiveness, by asking how you will be able to contact them and how long it will take them to return your communications. Our attorneys are ready to provide proven legal representation in pursuing your claim and stand ready to protect your rights.
The car accident attorneys at Suarez & Montero can help those of you who would like to pursue a car accident claim. To discuss how we can assist you, call us or contact us online. We encourage you to learn more about and the successes our attorneys have had on behalf of individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injury in accidents involving vehicles. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case and help you understand your legal options.
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