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[8-20-22] Biker Hit at Dangerous South Tampa Intersection

TAMPA, Fla. — There was another crash that left a bicyclist injured at an intersection in South Tampa known for being dangerous and deadly.

In December, two teenagers were killed at this very location at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Lois Avenue.

A car hit a bicyclist during the morning rush hour on Friday. Fortunately, Tampa Fire Rescue said the person riding the bike was not taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Cohen Wills said he witnessed the crash. According to Wills, the bicyclist was traveling on Lois Avenue and stopped and waited for all the cars to stop before he rode his bike across Bay to Bay Boulevard.

Wills said he crossed three lanes but as he reached the last lane, a car hit the other biker.

“He went about 5, 6 feet in the air. It was a miracle that he was okay,” said Wills who never walks through this intersection because of the crashes he’s witnessed over the last few months.

“I never would in a million years with my two kids would cross that street by walking,” he said.

The deadly crash from last year is still fresh in the minds of neighbors who live around the area.

“It was crushing, it was heartbreaking, I cannot go through that intersection without thinking about them and remembering what I saw,” said Carroll Ann Bennett, a member of the Virginia Park Neighborhood Association and longtime resident.

Since then, flashing beacons were installed at the crosswalk but Bennett and others say a traffic light is still needed.

“Today reminded me the clock is ticking, anything can happen at any time, we need a traffic light, we needed it years ago,” said Bennett.

Earlier this week, a 13-year-old girl was hit by a car in Sarasota County while riding her bike inside a crosswalk on the way to school. Many counties in our area are dealing with crossing guard shortages and local enforcement are reminding people to slow down and pay attention especially during school hours.

Source: 10 Tampa Bay

(Credit: CBS)

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Bicycle Accident and Bike Injury Statistics

Bicycle accidents are sadly all too common in the U.S. According to the National Safety Council, the number of preventable deaths from bicycle accidents has increased by 37% in the last ten years.

The summer months are considered particularly dangerous, with the most deaths (125) occurring in August and the fewest (63) in January.

While roads are slowly becoming more bike-friendly, most bicyclist deaths are caused by motor-vehicle crashes (712 in 2019, compared to 377 in other incidents). Every year, 2% of auto accident deaths are bicyclists. Men account for 88% of all bicycle deaths, over seven times the number of females.

Pedestrians are also at risk of bicycle accidents, as they can be involved in sidewalk and crosswalk collisions.

Florida Bicycle Accident Statistics

Florida is considered the most dangerous U.S. state for bicycle users, with the highest fatalities per capita. The Florida Highway Patrol and Motor Vehicles database shows that in 2021, Florida saw 182 bicycle fatalities. 17 were in Pinellas County

Bicycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and lacerations.

The most serious involves the head, highlighting the importance of wearing a helmet. A report by Attewell, Glase, and McFadden (2001) showed that helmets reduce head injuries by 60% and brain injuries by 58%.

Various factors can trigger collisions, such as reckless driving, speeding, ignoring traffic signals, drunk drivers, broken traffic signals, bicycle malfunctions, dangerous road conditions and pedestrians walking in bike lanes.

In 2019, The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported over 400,000 emergency department-treated injuries are associated with bicycles and bicycle accessories.


Florida Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid and Douglas specialize in helping victims of bike accidents, if they’ve suffered injuries or the death of a loved one.

Bicycle accidents are often catastrophic, leaving life-changing injuries or deaths. Although a personal injury claim or a wrongful death lawsuit can’t turn back time, it can help victims avoid further suffering by gaining financial support to adjust to life after their injuries.

Victims deserve to receive damages for medical bills, loss of wages, suffering, deaths and other expenses. But insurance companies often undervalue or deny claims, leaving victims in further distress and unable to rebuild their lives.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a bike accident, we welcome you to contact us today.

Our Florida bicycle accident lawyers have vast experience in handling these cases. We can take care of your case on your behalf, from gathering evidence to negotiating with insurers.

We know how stressful and daunting this process may seem and are here to help make your life easier. We work on a no-win-no-fee basis, allowing victims from all walks of life to gain top-rated legal assistance after their accident.

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