Category Archives: Bicycle Injuries

Hit and Run Accident in Seminole Florida Ends Life of 36 Year Old Bicyclist (Charles Long)

A man who was recently killed in a hit-and-run accident in Seminole County, Florida, has been identified as 36-year-old Charles Long. Long’s body was lying in a grassy shoulder along Monroe Road for nearly two hours before he was found. He rode his bicycle to work everyday, a 14-mile trip from DeBary to Lake Mary and back. Long was employed as a dishwasher at a pizza restaurant. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Long was traveling north in the outside, southbound lane of Monroe Road in Sanford, Florida, near U.S. Highway 17-92 when he was struck by a pickup truck … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Are the Restrictions on Using Limited Access Roadways?

Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.091 – Limited Access Facilities; Interstate Highways; Use Restricted, establishes limitations, restrictions and other prohibitions to the access and use of certain facilities and interstate highways. 1. No person shall drive a vehicle onto or from any limited access roadway. EXCEPTION: Unless such entrances and exists are established by public authority. 2. No person shall operate upon a limited access facility any bicycle, motor-driven cycle, animal-drawn vehicle, or any other vehicle which by its design or condition is incompatible with the safe and expedient movement of traffic. … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Attempting a Left Hand Turn?

Making a turn may seem like a simple, mundane driving task. However, many traffic crashes occur because of drivers who make incorrect, illegal, and / or unsafe turns. Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.122 – Vehicle Turning Left, drivers turning or intending to turn left must yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles lawfully passing on the left of the turning vehicle. Below are some tips Florida Drivers should follow when making or attempting to make turns, especially left-hand turns: 1. Use your turn … Continue reading

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Bicyclist Suffers Serious Injuries in Accident Crossing Mayport Road in Jacksonville, Florida

A bicyclist suffered serious injuries after being struck by an automobile in Jacksonville, Florida. According to officials, Appalonia Nelson, 20-years-old, was crossing Mayport Road close to Mayport Middle School when she was hit by a car. The police said she sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for treatment; she was in critical condition but then upgraded to serious condition. The principal at Mayport Middle School, Katrina McCray, said Nelson was once her student and currently works with her at the school. McCray spoke highly of Nelson, and said that she was a quiet, sweet and … Continue reading

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Bicyclist (Gregory Gancarz) Dies in in Accident in Largo Florida

According to statistics, Florida leads the nation in bicycling and pedestrian fatalities. In Largo, Florida, at least the 20th bicyclist was killed within the past year or so while riding on local roads. A report earlier this year about cyclist-vs.-car accidents in Hillsborough County revealed that the blame was split evenly for accidents between 2005 and 2009. Gregory Gancarz, 55-years-old, was struck and killed by a van on Starkey Road. The police said that the accident occurred in the northbound curb lane in the 1200 block of Starkey Road., and the area of the crash had no streetlights. Investigators also … Continue reading

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Rights of Bicyclists, Bikers, and Motorists – Sharing the Road in Florida

In Jacksonville and throughout Florida, riding bikes is a popular hobby for people seeking to exercise or simply enjoy the day. Robin Henningsen-Bruce, nearly 50 years-old and a cancer survivor, rides her bike every day 20 to 100 miles near St. Cloud. She rides for health and the pleasure of spinning along at 20 mph. But each trip comes at a considerable risk in Florida where many motorists consider bicyclists to be nuisance, yet Florida Statutes and related laws require both to share the road. Henninggsen-Bruce wrote in an email, “Too many, on both sides are vastly ignorant of the … Continue reading

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Fatal Accident Caused Death of Bicyclist (Tracey Kleinpell) – Closes Down Causeway

In Jacksonville, Florida, riding bicycles is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day, as well as a fun way to exercise. Under Florida law, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle, which means that bicyclists have the same rights to use the roadways as other vehicles. As such, bicyclists can be involved in vehicle collisions and face an increased risk of injury or death as a result. Sadly, Tracey Kleinpell, 46-year-old cyclist from Fort Myers was killed while riding her bike on the Sanibel Causeway. Tracey and her husband, Gordon Kleinpell, were riding their bikes along the causeway … Continue reading

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Holly, Hill Florida – Red Light Cameras Now In Place

In Holly Hill (Volusia County), Florida, drivers will now be monitored by red light cameras which are now operational. While running a red light is never a good idea from a safety standpoint for drivers, passengers, and others, now a driver running a red light in certain areas of Holly Hill will receive a citation with or without the presence of law enforcement to witness the traffic violation. Some believe that red light cameras are unfair and unsupported by Florida law. Others welcome the technology if it means keeping the streets safer for motorists, motorcycle riders / bikers, bicyclists, pedestrians, … Continue reading

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Riding a Bicycle While Under the Influence of Alcohol Can Be Dangerous Too – Risks of Biking Under the Influence

A Jacksonville, Florida, bicyclist was recently sent to Shands Jacksonville in stable condition after he was struck by a vehicle on Philips Highway. According to police, the bicyclist appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The bicyclist, a middle-aged man, was struck by a woman driving a Ford Expedition. The man was attempting to cross Philips Highway around 10:30 a.m. when he was struck. He apparently did not look or misjudged the oncoming traffic, stated Detective J.D. Gregory of the traffic homicide division. The SUV sustained damages to its windshield and right-front mirror. Gregory also stated the driver of … Continue reading

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Cyclist (Bryan Wrigley) Was Victim of Hit and Run Accident in St. Johns County Florida

Bryan Wrigley was an avid cyclist who loved riding in and around St. Johns County / St. Augustine Florida on his bicycle. Tragically, Bryan Wrigley was a victim of a hit and run type of accident on County Road 214. He was hit by a car or a truck and then left alone to die on the side of the road. St. Johns County investigators believe that Bryan was biking West on County Road 214. The vehicle at issue may also have been travelling in the Westbound direction as well. Deputies with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office have reported … Continue reading

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