A 19-year-old bicyclist from Port St. Lucie was killed last Monday when the bike he was operating collided with a tractor trailer on U.S. 1. The accident occurred south of the Roosevelt Bridge, according to reports released by Stuart Police.
Austin Robert Gilliam has been identified as the bicyclist. The southbound tractor-trailer and Gilliam collided around 11:40 a.m. Details of how the accident occurred are not clear, and police are still investigating. It is known that there are sidewalks available on either side of U.S. 1.
Preliminary reports do not show that the truck driver was under the influence of intoxicating substances. Police are conducting interviews with witnesses and have taken measurements of the scene. Southbound lanes were closed for just under four hours as the accident was cleared and investigated.
A man who works at LubeDirect near the crash scene, said that there are bicyclists in the area frequently. There have been several accidents, according to the man, but this is the worst of any thus far.
If you witnessed the accident, please call Detective Richard Shine at 772-220-3916.
If you choose to ride a bicycle on the street, it is important to remember that you are sharing the road with more powerful vehicles. It is not to say that the cyclist in this incident was careless, but it does bring to light the necessity of staying alert and aware on the road.
Before you head down your driveway and onto the street, be sure that your safety gear is strapped on. At the minimum, you should be wearing a bicycle helmet. If you want to protect yourself as well as you can, wear elbow and knee pads as well.
Your bike should be equipped with safety lights. One in the front and one in the back. Set them to blink so that they are more visible. Be sure to wear light-colored clothing, and try to ride in well-let areas when possible.
Keep in mind that you are subject to the same rules of the road as a driver in a vehicle. Obey traffic signals and street signs. Stay to the side of the road if you are not riding on the sidewalk, and signal your intentions to drivers surrounding you. Doing these things will help keep you safe on the road.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. Call our offices today for a free initial consultation. We are here for you.