16-Year Old Broward County Bicyclist Dies in Florida Traffic Accident
In Broward County, a 16-year-old bicyclist died this weekend after colliding with a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Griffin Road. Richard Torrent, a Southwest Ranch resident, was pronounced dead at the Florida motor vehicle accident scene. The driver of the sport utility vehicle, Bryce Stuehrenberg, of Davie, and his passenger, did not sustain any injuries. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the traffic crash, which occurred just after 5am on Sunday. NHTSA 2007 Pedalcyclist Facts • Of the 3,214 traffic deaths in Florida last year, 119 of the victims were pedalcyclists. • Nationally, 698 pedalcyclists died in 2007. • 43,000 others sustained injuries. • 153 of the pedalcyclists that died were younger than age 20. • Traffic victims younger than age 16 made up 15% of all pedalcyclist deaths. • 17,000 of the pedalcyclists who were injured were teenagers. Bicycle Accident Facts • In Florida, bicyclists younger than age 16 must wear a safety helmet when on the road. • Wearing a helmet is the best way to prevent head injuries during a bicycle accident. • A bicycle is considered a motor vehicle, and bicyclists, like car drivers, truckers, bus drivers, and motorcyclists, must obey the rules of the road. It is important that motorists allow at least three feet of space when overtaking a bicyclist on the road. Drivers of cars, SUV’s, vans, trucks, and buses should also check for bicyclists when they are turning onto another road, backing out of a parking space, or opening a car door. Related Web Resources: Helmet Laws for BIcycle Riders, Helmets.org Our Broward County bicycle accident lawyers would like to meet with you during a free consultation to discuss your South Florida personal injury case. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today.