Robert Neilbalec was legally riding his bike with traffic and on the shoulder of Fletcher Avenue near the entrance of the USF Riverfront Park, when he was tragically killed by a speeding motorist, who lost control of her car. There was another car involved in the accident but that driver left before the police arrived.
My experience as auto accident attorney in Tampa has led me to discover that Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for Bicyclists. In the second half of last year 10 riders were killed by careless drivers. Speeding motorists are not the only danger for Bicyclists. Often bicyclists are victims of wrongful death or are catastrophically injured by drivers who are texting, talking on the phone or to their passengers, or just not paying attention. The penalty for these cases is usually inadequate. The offenders often receive no more than a ticket for careless driving which has a maximum penalty of a $1000 fine and license suspension for a year. Many times, the only way the victim or the victim’s family can get justice is to hire a Tampa Bicycle accident attorney to file a lawsuit against the wrongdoer.