Recently, newspapers reported that charges have been filed against a man who killed Pittsburgh woman while she was out riding her bike six months earlier. According to reports, the driver who caused the accident that killed the biker was speeding at the time and did not hit his brakes upon approaching a red light. The car then rammed into another car that was stopped at the light, which consequently hit and killed the biker. The police report notes that, as a result of the chain reaction of cars being bumped forward at the stoplight, the biker was pinned between two cars and subsequently passed away. Investigators note that the driver who caused the collision was likely high on drugs at the time.
This is a tragic loss that could have been easily prevented with some care and caution. As the summer weather improves, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving this summer, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run this summer, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.
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