Crash and No Citation
Clayton asked: Thursday April 11th at 11:40 My wife was struck by a car while
we were cycling on Gulf Blvd close to the Don CeSar. My wife and I were in a
lane of traffic that had a cyclist sign on the road. We had just gone through
the intersection and we were trying to merge into the right lane when a car
came up behind us on her left side and hit my wife with the passenger’s side
mirror knocking her down on the road. She sustained a broken clavicle along
with several other bruises and road rashes. Thank goodness we both wear cycling
helmets. The hospital stated she would have been in far worse condition without
the helmet. The helmet shows that her head did indeed hit the pavement.
The police officer stated that it was the driver in the car who was at fault and he provided me with the other party’s insurance information. Although the officer clearly states it was the driver’s fault he did not issue a citation.
Is this a common practice in Florida? I have read that there are many cycling organizations in Florida working with city and state officials to make roads safer. I would think that a car striking a cyclist would be treated more seriously. The other party continues to enjoy the nice weather in Florida and my wife is confined to our condo for the remainder of our stay.
Do you have any suggestions?
Good on you for wearing helmets.
You may want to retain an attorney and ask the department to initiate an investigation into the incident to determine if a citation and a personal injury lawsuit is warranted. It is not clear why the officer would make that statement and not issue a citation.