On October 30, four bicyclists were traveling east on Center Road in Venice when they were struck by an elderly woman driving her car. All four were hospitalized, and a week later, one of them, a 57-year-old man, died from his injuries. Another victim was still being treated while the other two had been discharged.
According to local police, the bicyclists made an improper lane change, but there was also some question as to whether the woman bore any liability. Regardless, residents of the town have seen enough issues over the years with safety for cyclists and pedestrians that they are starting to demand some changes.
Residents say the 40-mph speed limit in the area is “a joke,” and that many people “consider Center Road a part of [Interstate] 75.” They were vocal in their demands for slower speed limits in the area, along with additional traffic control devices and a new red light. There are schools and a church all along that stretch of road. Citizens say this leads to a high likelihood of pedestrian or cycling accidents occurring.
City commissioners heard these concerns and said they would address the issues at a later date. Meanwhile, cyclists continue to push for changes on Center Road.
Cities can do their part to reduce accidents
Even though an accident might not be a city’s fault, a local government can still do its part in helping to prevent accidents from taking place. Proper planning and the implementation of sufficient safety measures and traffic control devices can go a long way toward reducing accidents and making the roadways safer for all.
If you need to take legal action after a serious car or pedestrian accident, meet with a knowledgeable Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh.