Woman injured in bicycle collision

A woman is in critical condition after being struck by an SUV at the intersection of SW 13th Street and NW 8th Avenue in Gainesville while riding her bicycle. Both bicycle and pedestrian accidentsoften result in death or serious injury to the victims; this is the second bicycle accident in a two-week period in Gainesville. The driver of the SUV was not injured.

The woman was unconscious and suffering from multiple leg fractures when EMTs transported her to an area hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, she was placed in a medically-induced coma due to major head trauma. The victim is a student at the University of Florida.

Witnesses told police that the bicyclist did not have the right-of-way at the time of the crash but attempted to cross the intersection against the light. It is unclear if the driver of the SUV failed to see the cyclist or tried to avoid the crash through defensive maneuvers. Authorities have not stated if they plan to file charges against the driver.

A bicycle accident is always traumatic, but most often the bicyclist is injured far more seriously than the driver due to the relative size and speed of the two vehicles. Bicyclists have very little in the way of protection from a collision with a much larger and heavier vehicle beyond a helmet and elbow or knee padding. A personal injury attorney can assess the damage caused to a bicycle rider in an accident and determine the amount the victim may be able to collect from a lawsuit.

Source: The Gainesville Sun, “Bicyclist critically injured in car accident, police say,” Hannah O. Brown, Dec. 16, 2012

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