bicycle accident

Photo courtesy of Shoreline Fire

A semi-truck hit a high school student on his bicycle this morning in the crosswalk of North 175th and Aurora Avenue, just after 7am.

The teenager was making his way to Shorewood High School when the accident occurred.  Other students witnessed the incident; police and medics immediately responded to reports of the truck and bicycle accident.

The teenage boy was seriously injured and rushed to Harborview Medical Center, in critical condition. View news complete news story here.

Bicycle Accidents & Pedestrian Accidents – Most at Risk

No doubt, bicyclists are probably the most vulnerable drivers on the road, and can never be a match for motor vehicles, especially semi-trucks. Right-of-way rules and local laws apply equally to cyclists as well as other vehicles on the road. However, due to the size difference, limited visibility from different vantage points within the truck cab, and the sheer force it takes to manage and slow its heavier weight—pedestrians, cyclists, and sometimes even smaller motor vehicles are at a dangerous disadvantage when traveling near large trucks.

Prevent Bicycle Accidents with Increased Awareness

With more and more Americans opting for walking, running, or bicycling as healthy lifestyle choices, many have found them as an affordable alternative to driving as well.

With more moving components near roadways, “sharing the road” should connote an increased awareness that everyone has the same rights and responsibilities–whether on foot, on bicycles, or in motor vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to remind us that no one—drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians—have sole right or exceptions on the road.

 Safety Cautions for Everyone

Everyone relies on some form of transportation. Whether you are the driver, pedestrian, or cyclist, being alert to potential safety hazards is key to avoiding them.

Tips for Drivers

  1. Treat bicyclists as you would another motorist. Pass them in the same way, give them sufficient space and do not pass too closely.
  2. Look carefully before making turns, checking blind spots, and in areas vehicles may not normally appear.
  3. Always signal and indicate your intentions on the road.

Tips for Bicyclists

  1. Just as other vehicles should, obey street signs, signals, and road markings.
  2. Always ride with traffic.
  3. Ride defensively, assuming others cannot see you.
  4. Be attentive—put the headphones away as not to be distracted and hear vehicles, horns, and safety chirps.

More Safety Information

There are many resourceful and useful websites addressing bicycle safety issues.  Bicyclesafe,com offers detailed examples of collision scenarios and how to avoid them for cyclists and drivers alike.  If you are an avid cyclist, or just a casual rider to and from school, this valuable information could even save your life.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle or motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own, contact Fielding Law Group today! Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!