Popular Actor Injured in Florida Bicycle Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on February 2, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyAs we have noted on this blog, bicycle accidents occur all too frequently in Florida. Just this month, actor Gene Hackman made headlines when he was involved in a serious Florida bicycle accident.

According to media reports, the Oscar winning actor was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle in Islamorada, Florida. The Toyota Tundra pickup struck his rear tire, and Hackman was thrown from the bicycle, Florida Highway Patrol stated.

Hackman, who is 81, was not wearing a helmet. Although he was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, he was released several hours later.

In this case, it appears Hackman was very lucky to escape without any serious injuries, particularly given that he was not wearing a helmet. Here is a quick reminder about the importance of wearing a helmet:

  • Bicycle helmets prevent 52 to 60 percent of bike-related head injury deaths (for all ages), as well as an estimated 68 to 85 percent of nonfatal head and scalp injuries, and 65 percent of upper and middle face injuries, even when misuse is considered.
  • Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent between 135 and 155 deaths, between 39,000 and 45,000 head injuries, and between 18,000 and 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually.
  • Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent.

Finally, is unclear why the driver struck Hackman. As in many Florida bicycle accidents, it is possible that the driver wasn’t paying attention.

Source: CNN

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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