Zephyrhills, FL – A 57-year-old man was killed while riding his bike across State Road 54 Monday night.
The Florida Highway Patrol believes the man was headed south across SR 54 around 8 p.m. when he was struck by a Dodge Ram van driving east. The Crystal Springs man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 33-year-old van driver and his 30-year-old passenger, both of Wesley Chapel, were unharmed.
According to records, the deceased had been arrested six times in the past three years on charges of disorderly intoxication in a public place and trespassing. The driver of the van was convicted of DUI in 2006.
FHP is currently investigating the collision to determine who was at fault.
Many people in Zephyrhills and throughout Pasco County ride a bicycle for transportation or exercise. While Florida’s year-round warm climate makes bike riding a common activity, this does not mean that drivers always operate their vehicles safely around bicyclists. Sadly, bicycle accidents are a common occurrence in Pasco County, and many times these collisions cause fatal injuries.
When you lose a loved one due to someone else’s negligent actions, the rage and sadness you are feeling may leave you at a loss for how to move on. While the grieving process is painful, as a survivor, you are entitled to find out what happened and who is responsible. A Zephyrhills Wrongful Death Attorney can assess your case and make sure you understand your options regarding a wrongful death claim. While a wrongful death suit cannot bring your loved one back, there are still many reasons to file a claim following a fatal bicycle accident. A successful wrongful death claim can provide your family with the financial relief needed to cover the costs that come along with losing someone close to you. Equally as significant, however, is that a wrongful death lawsuit can offer you a sense of peace by knowing the negligent individual that caused the accident is held liable. Wrongful death claims hold those responsible for a tragic accident accountable for their actions, which in turn can help to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.
If you have lost a family member or someone close you in a Zephyrhills bicycle accident, a Pasco County Injury Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you get through this difficult time and make sure you understand your legal rights and options. Contact us today for a free consultation online or call 727-847-2299.