Fort Lauderdale area bicycle accident, motorcycle accident, a reminder to motorists

A pair of deaths was reported over the weekend involving bicycle and motorcycle riders — a reminder to motorists to watch out for our two-wheeled friends as we head into fall and prepare for the start of the tourist season.

A Lake Worth bicycle accident has claimed the life of a Palm Springs man, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The man died of his injuries nearly three weeks after being struck on the sidewalk of 10th Avenue North, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The bike collided with the passenger side of a 2003 Honda Element that was pulling out of a private driveway. The victim died on Saturday at Delray Medical Center.

Also on Saturday, a Coral Springs motorcycle accident claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman. The Sun-Sentinel reported the woman was riding westbound on Royal Palm Boulevard, west of University Drive, when she was involved in an accident with a pickup truck.

Her 44-year-old husband was hospitalized in critical condition. Police say the accident happened when the pickup truck’s driver failed to yield while changing lanes.

While the numbers of serious and fatal motorcycle and bicycle accidents have declined, Florida remains among the deadliest states in the nation for riders. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports 100 cyclists were killed last year and 4,376 were injured. Florida motorcycle accidents killed 402 riders and injured more than 8,000.