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Biking Safely

Bicycle accidents are unfortunately becoming more commonplace than we might like to think.  Generally, they can be grouped into two big categories: falls and crashes (with cars).  Although falls may be more common, crashes tend to be more deadly.  According to NHTSA.gov, no matter what season the bicyclist is riding in, bicycle deaths are most likely to occur in the evening. Specifically, the deadliest timeframe is between 6-9PM.  Bicycle deaths are much more common in urban as opposed to rural areas, and males are killed much more frequently than females.  
  • For drivers, there are a few big ways to make sure that you're looking out for bicyclists and their safety.  Some things to keep in mind are the following:
  • You should yield to bicyclists just like you would another car
  • If you're turning right on red, look to the right and behind you to make sure you're not missing a bicyclist who may be turning behind you, too. 
  • Pass bicyclists just like you would another car! Only pass when it's safe to go into the next lane. Leave the bicyclists room, too. 
  • Most bicycle accidents are completely preventable if we all take some care on our roads.  From the bicyclists' perspective, when you're out at night, always remember to wear bright and reflective clothing! Try to carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp to further increase your visibility.  When biking, signal where you're going so nearby drivers have an idea of where you're headed.  

If you're driving, make sure to give these people their space! Don't follow them or drive near them at a high rate of speed, and share the road.  Obviously, don't do any of these activities drunk or under the influence of any type of drug.  Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your potential personal injury claim, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

Car Hits Bicyclist, then School Bus

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.  

Bicycle Accidents Increasing in Recent Years

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.

Trial Begins in Fatal Bicycle Accident

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.

Biking, Motorcycle, Pedestrian Deaths in PA Are Preventable

It's not so safe to be a pedestrian or bicyclist in our state sometimes.  A review of recent PennDOT statistics shed light into just how many accidents occur on our state's roads and byways per year.  Using statistics from 2014 accidents, our law office found the following information:

State College Is Officially Bike Friendly!

Our fingers are crossed for State College and the surrounding areas! According to a report from the Daily Collegian, the area is up for renewal for an official state "bike-friendly designation".  Other officially designated bike-friendly communities in the state include Pittsburgh, Reading, and York. The State College area is hoping to obtain a silver-level designation, which would be an improvement from their current bronze level status.  Within the article, it is stated that the community is on board with this idea, and even started a mandatory driver's education course at the State College Area High School that has extensive study on bike safety.  Some businesses in the community have also reached bike-friendly status as well, and officially support this initiative.  

Bicyclist Safety Questionable in PA

Recently, PennLive.com posted a very relevant and interesting article about the state of bicycle safety in Pennsylvania. Recently, a man in Pittsburgh was killed while biking home from the South Side docks.  In the aftermath of his death, public commentary has begun about the state of bicyclist safety in our area and state.  Pennsylvania has seen some of the largest growth in bicycle traffic in the nation.  However, many of our bicycle rules and policies are arguably outdated and dangerous, according to some people.  

Fatal Bicycle Accident Back In News

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.

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