A Seminole woman was killed Saturday evening when she was hit by an SUV while riding her bicycle.
The crash occurred just before 7 p.m. on the east side of the 8600 block of Seminole Boulevard.
The 68-year-old woman was riding her bicycle on the sidewalk when a 2003 Ford Expedition pulled out of the Florida Mobile Home trailer park, preparing to turn right, according to reports.
Deputies believe the driver of the Expedition did not see the woman and hit her.
The woman was taken to Largo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Neither alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in the crash, according to deputies.
The investigation is ongoing.
When in an accident with an automobile, bicycle riders are at an increased risk for serious injuries. Any motor vehicle can cause serious, catastrophic injuries to an unprotected bike rider.
Our Tampa Bay Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are dedicated to helping bicycle riders who have been injured as a result of a vehicle operator’s negligence. Bicycle accidents most often occur due to:
- Driver failing to stop for a bicycle rider at a crosswalk
- Vehicle failing to stop at a stop sign
- Distracted driver on the cell phone or texting while driving
- Sideswiped by a vehicle making a turn at an intersection
- A vehicle turning into a driveway
- A vehicle backing out of a driveway
- Being struck while riding on a sidewalk
Our Tampa Bay area personal injury lawyers at Whittel & Melton have extensive experience in representing bicycle accident victims. We are very familiar with the complicated laws that govern bicycle use in the state of Florida. We understand that many insurance companies are quick to place the blame on the the bicycle rider, which is why we fight aggressively to stand up for your rights.