Two fatal bicycle accidents have already occurred in the New Year. Both of the bicycle accidents occurred before morning struck and both occurred in South Florida. The fatal accidents also took place within 24 hours of each other as well. Like Jacksonville, the area has an active biking community. Nearly one quarter of fatal traffic accidents in South Florida were bicyclists and pedestrians during 2009.
The first fatal bicycle accident in the area occurred earlier this week on Tuesday near 6:00 a.m. A male bicyclist was traveling on Flamingo Road in Sunrise and was approaching Sunrise Boulevard when a motorist struck the man. The bicyclist was killed during the accident. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene of the accident and no charges have been filed at this point.
The second fatal bicycle accident occurred on Wednesday at about quarter to six in the morning. A 61-year-old bicyclist was killed near Fort Lauderdale. The 61-year-old man was crossing West Sunrise Boulevard in Broward when a silver Toyota Camry station wagon struck the bicyclist. The station wagon had been traveling eastward on Sunrise Boulevard when the accident occurred, and the bicyclist crossed the street in the middle of the block, not at an intersection. The bicyclist died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the vehicle also remained at the scene of the accident and no charges have been filed as of yet.
Police have not determined who was at fault in either accident and investigations are still underway by a car wreck lawyer in Alexandria. As the New Year begins all travelers of the road should take caution and travel responsibly.