PennDOT periodically partners with other organizations to hold events aimed at community outreach and safety. Recently, they held an event in partnership with several other organizations in Lycoming County to raise awareness about bicycle safety. This event, which was a bike rodeo, focused on bike safety and helmet use in an effort to address Bicycle Safety Month. Children who attended this event learned about PA's bicycle laws and general safety tips. Some children received a free helmet, and there was a bicycle course set up at the event for participants to ride through. PennDOT data from 2017 reflects a high number of bicycle accidents across the state, including over 1,000 crashes. These crashes resulted in nearly 100 significant medical injuries and over 20 deaths. Hopefully, these outreach programs will reduce these statistics in the coming years.
- Always, always, ALWAYS wear a helmet.
- Make sure your bicycle is in good working order, including the tire pressure, brakes, and reflectors.
- Wear reflective and bright clothing any time you're riding.
- Respect cars on the road and leave room! Be aware of their blind spots, including car doors potentially opening towards you.
Think carefully before renting an electric scooter! Many vacation and travel destinations have begun using electric scooters as a new, interesting way to show visitors around a new city. However, these scooters pose a large potential safety risk. In fact, a class-action lawsuit was recently filed against a leading national electric scooter company. The lawsuit states that these scooter companies are not taking appropriate care to make sure their riders, and nearby pedestrians, are safe while these vehicles are in use. The lawsuit further claims that some of these scooters are made with defective, and potentially dangerous, parts. One personal injury lawyer cited within the news article below stated that she's received in excess of 100 calls relating to scooter injuries. Many of these injuries are consistent in type, and involve broken body parts and head injuries. Many of these injuries have required surgeries.
Always be careful on the road because bicyclists may be around! In the Hartford, CT area a driver was presumably not looking at his surroundings and hit a nearby bicyclist on the road. This car then crashed into the end of a school bus. The driver then tried to flee the scene on foot. According to some news sources, there is question as to whether the driver was sober when operating the car.
Are you sharing the road with bicyclists? Many people in our beautiful part of the state enjoy exercising outdoors on Pennsylvania's roads, trails, and towns. As motorists, you are expected and required to share the road with these individuals when you encounter them while out driving. However, motorists are not always respectful of bicyclists and often follow too closely behind them, don't give them enough lane space, and even sometimes try and run them off the road. Other common dangers that occur while out biking including poorly maintained roads and bike paths.
Bicycling is becoming a popular form of exercise for adults and children alike. However, it does pose some significant risks as well. According to a CNN news report, biking injuries among adults are up in recent years, especially in bicyclists over 45 years old. Most often, arms and legs were the areas of bodily injury, but head injuries have also increased a significant amount. Unfortunately, many bicycle accidents are not reported to the police, so it is often hard to gather accurate statistical crash data, especially for more minor accidents. It is important to keep informed about these trends and give bicyclists on the road the space they need to stay safe.
Summer presents a great opportunity to enjoy time outside with family and friends. Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks. This is especially true for activities where you are more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:
Accidents and injuries tend to increase during the summer, especially for children. Do you know that many common injuries occur where you may least expect them? According to one hospital's website, ER visits increase significantly during the summer. Many of these injuries occur as a result of children getting into accidents, such as falling out of windows (whether they have screens or they don't). Fire pits are also a common place for injuries, as are lawn mower accidents, swimming accidents, and pedestrian accidents. The time around dusk can be particularly dangerous for children out playing, since it may be more difficult for others to see them walking, biking, and rollerskating on the streets.
A trial recently began for a man who hit and ran at a bicycle accident that killed the biker in 2015. According to news sources, the accident involved a driver who hit a bicyclist with his passenger-side mirror. The impact caused the biker to be thrown off of his bike. He then later died of head injuries. The driver of the car was driving with a suspended/revoked license. Witnesses say that the driver didn't appear to slow down either during or after the accident.
Spring is finally here! That means many more people will be outside enjoying the weather and riding their bicycles. However, this also means that these same people are at a higher risk for accident and injury on the road. According to some reports, about half a million people each year need medical treatment as a result of of bike accidents, and almost a thousand people die each year. Most of these deaths are the result of a brain injury. In general, many of these accidents involve a brain injury too, some of which are difficult or impossible to fully recover from.