A Flagler County bicyclist struck from behind by a hit and run driver on Florida 100 in Bunnell died in the 6:15 a.m. accident Tuesday.
Alex R. Taylor, 54, of Bunnell, was westbound on the paved shoulder of 100 east of Utility Street when a westbound vehicle drifted off the road and something extending out from it apparently hit his head, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
He was knocked off the bicycle and thrown 12 feet in front it in the accident. The driver of the other vehicle left the scene. No description of the vehicle was given by the Highway Patrol.
It’s unfortunate but true, pedestrian and bicyclist accidents are increasing in the state of Florida. In fact, almost 5,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents every year. Many more pedestrians are seriously injured. In many cases, these accidents are caused by driver inattention and recklessness and are preventable.
Pedestrian accidents are both scary and life changing. Loss of the use of a limb and broken or dislocated limbs are also quite common in collisions involving a car and pedestrian. These injuries can cause a survivor to miss weeks of work.
The injuries themselves could require many months of physical therapy and result in years of pain. Unfortunately, many insurance companies are willing to pay only for the upfront costs of an injury — if that.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, contact the law office of Casey Bryant, P.A. for immediate assistance.