Bicyclist Run Over By Truck and Killed on Westside of Jacksonville

Posted on July 11, 2008

It is just a fact.

As the price of gasoline continues to rise, more people are going to try and get around on a bicycle. That means people behind the wheel of a car better keep their eyes opened for those on the road on two wheels.  

Unfortunately that didn’;t happen on Thursday afternoon.

A bicyclist died when a tow-truck backed over him. The cyclist was cutting through a Shell station on the Westside of Jacksonville. That’;s when the tow-truck, obviously blinded, backed out of a diesel fueling area.  He struck the cyclist even though bystanders were yelling at the driver to stop.   When he did, he pulled forward and then ran over the cyclist for a second time.

A cyclist just trying to do the right thing. His name has not been immediately released.  Charges could be pending against the driver of the tow truck.

According to national statistics, the most serious injuries, resulting when a bicycle and car collide, are traumatic brain injury to the cyclist.

A helmet helps reduce head injury risk by 85 percent, but unfortunately in 2006, the vast majority of bicyclists killed  were not wearing helmets.   

Even a skilled rider is facing danger on the roads as motorists fail to see the cyclist or refuse to share the road responsibly.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — 770 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2006. 

A bicyclist may have right to recover fair compensation if a motorist was negligent or failed to exercise a reasonable amount of caution on the road. 

Talk to our experienced accident attorneys and we will be able to advise you of your rights and help you to maneuver sometimes difficult insurance companies. #

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