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Fatal Hit and Run Bicycle Crashes Still a Problem For Miami-Dade

August 11, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

On March 26th at 3:13 am a Coral Gables Police Officer spotted someone lying in the street near the University of Miami. The officer stopped to render aid, but soon discovered that the man was already deceased. Unsure of exactly what had happened to the man, the officer began to investigate the scene.

Four blocks away from the body, the officer discovered a bike and shoe, which is when he determined that the fatality was the result of a hit-and-run crash. The unknown driver had apparently crashed into the cyclist, dragged the bike for several blocks, and then got out of the car to disentangle the bike. The driver then left the scene, undoubtedly aware of the collision.

More and more people are commuting on bicycles, which makes the safety of cyclists an increasing concern in our community. Miami-Dade is ranked in the top five worst metropolitan areas for bike related fatalities—15 bicyclists were killed in automotive crashes last year—but the community is trying to change that reputation.

The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act made hit and run offenses against pedestrians and bicyclers a second-degree felony in the state of Florida, and Coral Gables requires bikes traveling after sunset to have a front white light and a rear red light. Sometimes even these measures are not enough to prevent an accident, but the attorneys of Colson Hicks Eidson are here in those tough situations.

Our attorneys have decades of experience with bike accident and wrongful death cases. We investigate bike crashes thoroughly, and we only seek payment for our work on bike accidents if the case ends with a verdict or settlement in the victim’s favor. Contact us for a free bike accident consultation and see how Colson Hicks Eidson can help your injury lawsuit.

Colson Hicks Eidson—Injury Attorneys