A bicycle accident occurred this morning in which a 31-year-old bicyclist was struck by a vehicle and killed outside the Seminole Woods community near Orlando, as reported by Florida Highway Patrol...
Jerome Laron Griffin of Geneva was cycling westbound on Aloma Avenue, on the right paved shoulder, when he was struck by a westbound pickup truck driven by Dale Meade, also of Geneva.
Troopers said as Meade approached and passed the bicyclist, the right-side mirror of the truck struck Griffin, throwing him off the bike.
Under Florida Statute section 316.2065, a bicyclist who is not traveling at the same speed of other traffic (including a bicyclist who is traveling slower) must ride in a designated bike lane or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, and a bicyclist may only leave the right-most portion of the road in certain situations (when passing another vehicle moving in the same direction; when preparing for a left turn; when reasonably necessary to avoid any condition or potential conflict; when a lane is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side).
At the same time, Florida Statute 316.083, requires a motorist passing a cyclist to pass "at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet." And, of course, at higher speeds, it is normally agreed that more clearance is required.
This unfortunate bicycle accident warrants an investigation from an experienced Orlando accident lawyer. Initially, a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident must be performed, including whether any traffic laws were broken. Also, the attorney would need to preserve crucial evidence. At the same time, a thorough investigation of insurance coverage that may apply to the accident must be initiated.
In this situation, the at-fault's driver's policy and the owner of the truck's policy (if different from driver) would be relevant. In addition, the driver's destination and reason for driving would be relevant, especially in a situation where he was driving to or from a jobsite, as his employer's insurance may cover the accident. Because there is a death involved, a wrongful death claim would need to be brought, which would necessitate the involvement of a lawyer.