A Boynton Beach man is dead after an SUV struck him as he was riding his bicycle in Delray Beach on Friday, February 26.
Authorities say Neil J. Goldman, 75, was riding his bike southbound on the shoulder of Lyons Road north of West Atlantic Avenue shortly after noon. A 2019 Lexus RX350 moving south on Lyons swerved out of its lane, hitting Goldman.
He was thrown from his bicycle and landed in the grass swale bordering the road’s west side. Sadly, Goldman suffered serious injuries and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The Lexus also came to a stop within the grass swale, and the SUV’s driver, 79-year-old Bella Altman of Boynton Beach, was not hurt.
Unfortunately, Florida leads the nation in bicyclist deaths, mostly from collisions with larger vehicles. In 2018 alone, there were 6,568 bicycle accidents reported in the state. There are many contributing factors, including the fact that bicycle riding is a popular activity in Florida.
Other common causes include distracted driving, drowsy driving, impaired driving, speeding, or road rage/aggressive driving.
Surviving family members may have a wrongful death claim
Mr. Goldman’s surviving family members, foremost including his spouse if married, could have a potential wrongful death claim to pursue against the negligent defendant driver, Bella Altman.
Her auto insurance coverage may or may not cover expenses relating to the tragic loss the Goldman family is now suffering through. The only way to know for sure is for the family to hire a wrongful death law firm that is skilled in handling complex auto accident negligence cases like this.