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Is it Safe to Ride My Bicycle on the Street?
As bicycling has grown in popularity, it has become more crucial than ever for drivers to learn to share the road with cyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2001 and 2011, bicyclist injuries increased by 8.9 percent, and in 2012, 726 cyclists died in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes.
Locally, a Florida cyclist was killed recently after being ejected from his bike following a collision with a car. According to WCTV, the accident happened in the morning in Wellborn, while the cyclist was riding west on 180th Street.
Prior to hitting the cyclist, the car reportedly traveled slightly off the paved side of the roadway onto the grass shoulder. After traveling off the side of the road, the right front side of the car hit the rear tire of the cyclist’s bike.
The impact ejected the cyclist from his bike and onto the hood of the car. Suwannee County EMS was called after the accident. They pronounced the bicyclist dead at the scene.
While a motorist hitting a bicyclist from behind is often the motorist’s fault, bicycling.com has some tips for bicyclists to try to avoid such collisions:
- Use reflectors and lights on your bike, especially at night;
- When moving to the left, signal with your arm;
- Hold a straight line while checking traffic over your shoulder to avoid swerving.
Who Can I Call If I Am Injured or Lost a Loved One in a Bicycle Accident?
You or someone you love should not have to suffer because of a bicycle accident caused by a driver’s negligence. Our qualified and experienced injury attorneys can guide you and your family through the process of holding that driver accountable and recovering the money you need for medical bills and living expenses. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us today.
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