A Lauderhill, Florida collision sent a 59-year-old bicyclist to the hospital on Thursday, news sources report. Information regarding the bicyclist’s and the driver’s identity was not immediately available following the accident. The cyclist sustained critical injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, no charges have been filed.
According to reports, the accident occurred in the 3100 block of Northwest 31st Avenue in Lauderhill. The avenue has six lanes, and a theme park located near the 3100 block only adds to the traffic. Bicyclists on the avenue have to remain extra vigilant while crossing the busy street.
At around 7:00 Thursday morning, the unnamed bicyclist was on the avenue when he was struck by a van. It is currently unclear from which direction the cyclist was struck. The driver of the van stopped following the collision and cooperated with police.
The victim sustained serious injuries in the collision and was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. An update on the victim’s condition was not immediately available following the incident; however, reports say he is expected to make a full recovery. It remains to be seen whether the bicyclist will file for damages.
Statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows 549 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents in Broward County in 2010, 40 more than were injured in 2009. In addition, five bicyclists were killed in Broward County traffic accidents in 2010, statistics show.
Unfortunately, the bicycle accident was not the only one to occur in the area lately. Seven people were injured in a Broward County accident on Saturday, reports say. The accident occurred when a minivan struck a concrete barrier and rolled over. The names of those injured were not released following the accident. The driver has since been charged with failure to use due care and improper child restraint. It is unclear whether a suit will follow.
According to reports, the accident occurred on Interstate 595 between Hiatus and Flamingo roads. Interstate 595, known also as the Port Everglades Expressway, is a multi-lane expressway that extends from Hollywood to Weston. The victims were in the eastbound lanes of the interstate in a Honda Odyssey at around 7:45 Saturday evening when the accident occurred. It appears a child in the van may not have been properly fitted to a child restraint or a car seat.
There was traffic on I 595 that evening, and vehicles in front of the van were slowing down. Sources say the driver of the van was going faster than the cars in front of her, so she swerved to try to avoid them. “[The driver] veered to the left and struck the concrete barrier wall, and the vehicle overturned on its side,” a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson said.
The driver of the Odyssey was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, while the six passengers were taken to Westside Regional Medical Center. Reports did not give an update on the victims’ status, but the injuries were apparently not life threatening.