Riding a bicycle is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. With less impact on your knees and lower body, many people choose bicycles as their primary means of exercise, and there are a multitude of other benefits to riding a bike. However, it is important to be aware of the fact that cyclists are far less visible than the vehicles they share the road with, and have virtually nothing to protect them from serious injury in the event of a bicycle accident. While 38,000 bicycle accident injuries is a big number already, it’s likely that the majority of these accidents go unreported. With our days getting shorter, and visibility getting worse on afternoon roads, the fall is a time to be especially cautious. (BicycleInfo)
On Wednesday morning, a Naperville cyclist was killed after being struck by a pickup truck. According to reports from police, the vehicle hit the victim as she was attempting to cross the street near the intersection of Diehl Road and Freedom Drive. The Naperville Fire Department immediately transported the woman to nearby Edward Hospital, but were unable to resuscitate her. Currently, the investigation remains open, and charges have not yet been filed. “There were possibly several different factors involved,” said one official. “But it’s a big, spread out intersection and obviously very busy.” A traffic accident reconstruction unit will continue to study the crash moving forward. (Chicago Tribune)
Our lawyers want to remind our readers to respect one another and share the road. Whether it is daytime, dawn, dusk, nighttime, or in unfavorable weather conditions, make sure to always see and be seen. If you are a cyclist, wear something that reflects light, or use flashing lights to make yourself known to the automobiles around you. Never assume that just because you can see a driver, he or she can see you. If you are a driver, always keep an eye out for bicyclists in your blind spots and at intersections, and slow down when passing a bicyclist on the road. In urban centers such as Chicago, it is also especially important that drivers look before they open their doors when parking on the side of a street. Parked cars opening their doors abruptly is a frequent cause of accidents, as it forced bicyclists to swerve into traffic to avoid hitting your vehicle. All of these things are just the tip of the iceberg, but to find out more about bicycle safety, visit www.NHTSA.gov.