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.
It's back to school time! Be aware of the increase in children and families walking, driving, and taking the bus to their final stops.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
So you've been in a bike crash. It's scary, disorienting, and you're not sure what to do next. What are some good steps to take post-crash? Take a look at these tips:
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.