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St. Petersburg: Bicyclist Killed in Vehicle Accident

On Thursday July 5th,
David Formato, 54, was standing over his bike as he waited for a
traffic signal to change in St. Petersburg. He was then hit by a
vehicle, which had been impacted by another. Officials believe a Kia cut
in front of a Honda and struck it, which then caused the Honda to
abruptly veer into Formato who was on the sidewalk.  This is the latest
in a string of recent bicyclists and pedestrians hit by automobiles in
St. Petersburg.

The tragic accident occurred near the intersection of 13th Avenue N
and 34th Street. The innocent bicyclist, Mr. Formato, was killed
immediately upon impact. Formato is survived by one son and one
daughter. The drivers of the cars only sustained minor injuries and as
of today, no charges have been filed. An investigation by police remains
open. This is the second bike-related fatality this year to take place in the congested area. There were five bike fatalities there in 2011.

Florida is known as one of the most dangerous states for both
pedestrians and bicyclists. The Orlando area was ranked number one in a
survey which declared the most dangerous places for non-motorists.
Shockingly, from 2000-2009, there were over 550 pedestrian fatalities in
central Florida. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area area
took second place on the list. This area has long been a hotbed for pedestrian accidents and bicyclists impacted by automobiles

Surprisingly, bus riders are also considered to be high risk, because
when they are walking to or from a bus stop they may decide to take a
short cut by traveling across a busy street, rather than walking the
distance to a designated crosswalk. When pedestrians are outside of a
crosswalk perimeter, motorists may not clearly see them since they
expect to only see pedestrians within those legally defined lines.

Currently, the government has put forth The Pedestrian Safety
Strategic Plan: Recommendations for Research and Product Development.
This is a 15-year plan for pedestrian safety
research and technology transfer. It was created to address pedestrian
safety concerns and equip professionals and other stakeholders with
knowledge, resources, and information needed to identify problems and
implement solutions related to the roadway environment. Details
regarding the plan can be viewed at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/

Dolman Law Group is a Tampa personal injury law firm that represents consumers only and does not an  automobile accident, motorcycle accident, traumatic brain injury, insurance carrier bad faith, wrongful death, distracted driving as a result of texting and driving and injuries caused by a drunk driver.

Matthew A. Dolman is a Clearwater personal injury Attorney and resides in Clearwater, Florida.

On Thursday July 5th,
David Formato, 54, was standing over his bike as he waited for a
traffic signal to change in St. Petersburg.

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