PETERSBURG, FL – According to an online news report at abcactionnews.com, the local St. Petersburg police are conducting an investigation of a fatal accident that involved a bicycle earlier this week.
Police were dispatched to the scene of the accident that occurred in the 2800 block of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street North. The bicyclist, a 25-year-old female, died at the scene of the accident. The driver who hit the victim, a 44-year-old male, was operating a sports utility vehicle at the time of the accident. He remained at the scene of the incident, per the local police. The exact cause of the accident is not known. It is not clear whether the driver of the sports utility vehicle sustained injuries. It appears based upon a preliminary investigation that the bicyclist was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident. There are no further details on the crash at this time. The accident remains under investigation by the local police.
There are several types of bicycle accidents that cause thousands of injuries and death to bicyclists each year across the United States. These top four are as follows:
The “Right Cross” Accident – the Right Cross accident happens when an automobile pulls out of a side street, driveway, alley or parking lot to a bicyclist’s right side. The biker has already passed the front of the vehicle, which then strikes the bicyclist. This can also occur when a vehicle pulls out in front of the bicyclist, causing him or her to be unable to avoid a crash with the side of said vehicle.
The “Right Hook” Accident – the “Right Hook” accident occurs in two ways. One occurs when a biker is in front of a cross street and is hit because the driver did not see the bicyclist when he or she was making a right turn. The second most common situation happens when a vehicle overtakes the bicyclist and then cuts him or her off when attempting to make a right turn. This can cause the bicycle to hit the side of the vehicle.
The “Door Prize” Accident – the “Door Prize” accident happens when a bicyclist is riding next to park cars and an individual opens up the door of a vehicle, causing the bicyclist to collide into it.
The “Rear End” Accident – the “Rear End” accident occurs when a driver slams into the back of a bicycle. These often are caused by distracted, fatigued, or impaired drivers.
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