A 48-year-old man was listed as being in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle while bicycling in Sarasota County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident was a hit-and-run caused by the driver of a red Hyundai sedan that fled the scene.
The accident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 27, just south of the intersection of Brown Lane and Cattlemen Road.
The cyclist was heading north on Cattlemen Road in the bicycle lane. Meanwhile, the driver in the Hyundai (who was also heading north) approached the cyclist from behind, and failed to stay in the vehicle lane, veering off to the right and hitting a curb. Upon colliding with the curb, the driver overcorrected back into the bicycle lane, where they hit the cyclist.
The Hyundai was later found a couple miles away from the crash site with no one inside.
The cyclist was wearing a helmet during the accident.
Serious consequences for hit-and-run collisions
Cyclists are expected to stay in their lanes when present, and to follow all the same rules of the road as drivers of motor vehicles. Those drivers, meanwhile, must stay within their own lanes and not cross over into bicycle lanes, unless it is to make a turn or to park and the way is clear for them to do so.
In addition, all parties are required by law to remain at the site of an accident until help arrives. Anyone who leaves an accident site faces criminal charges of fleeing an accident site. In addition, if the accident results in injury or death, those criminal charges could elevate to felony level, meaning they could include penalties such as jail time and significant fines.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you have options for how you will recover compensation, even if the perpetrator cannot be found. For more information about how to proceed with such a case, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.