BREVARD COUNTY, FL – According to Mynews.com, a cyclist died in an overnight accident on Saturday, December 8, 2018, on U.S. 1.
The cyclist was struck by a Dodge Ram that was driving southbound. The truck hit the bike from behind. The truck did not have lights, and the area does not have ambient lighting.
The victim was identified as Justin Hold, 28. Hold was transported to the Rockledge Regional Medical Center where he was declared dead.
There were three people in the truck at the time of the crash, none of them were injured. The collision is still being investigated.
Florida has a poor record when it comes to cyclist safety. More cyclists are killed in Florida than in any other state. The rate of cyclists killed per-capita in Florida was nearly 60 percent higher than in the state with the next highest number of cyclist fatalities, Louisiana. There were 6.2 people killed in Florida cyclist accidents per 100,000 people. The rate in Louisiana was 3.9 per 100,000.
There are many factors that lead to Florida’s high rate of cyclist fatalities. There are a lot of elderly drivers, many tourists who are unfamiliar with the state’s roads, and the population density is relatively high. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, many of the crashes also involve alcohol consumption. Based on numbers from 2015, 22 percent of cyclists who were killed had blood alcohol concentrations of at least .08 percent. Drivers were above the legal limit in 12 percent of the fatal crashes.
Texting while driving is still a problem in these accidents as well, despite the fact that it is illegal for drivers to text while behind the wheel in Florida. Texting is not a primary offense in Florida, which means a driver cannot be pulled over for texting unless the officer sees another violation.
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