Motorists must be aware of bicyclists, and not just for liability reasons. When a bicyclist is hit by a car, they have much less protection than the driver. The chance of death is much higher. Fortunately, the cyclist in this case is stable, but is still in critical condition. KATC reports that the accident happened at the intersection of NW Evangeline Thruway and Chalmette Drive in Lafayette. The cyclist was crossing the intersection when he was struck. LA DOTD shut down US 167 South at I-49 South while the investigation proceeded. It has since reopened. There were no further details about the accident in the article. One important question investigators will need to find out is whether or not the cyclist was crossing with or against the light. If the cyclist was breaking traffic laws while crossing the road, their chances of getting any compensation will be slim. Similarly, if he was crossing the road with the light, the driver’s insurance company is going to have some serious questions. Of course, the best result would be that this never happened in the first place. This is why we have road rules. If people follow them, the chances of an accident go down significantly. But when they are broken, as seems to happen every day, you get accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
New Orleans Bicycle Accidents News
Motorists must share the road with bicyclists by law. Bicyclists, in turn, must follow the rules of the road. Yes, it may cause you delays in getting where you’re going but it’s for everyone’s safety and fair use of the road. When these rules are broken, accidents happen like this case in Winn Parish. MyArkLaMiss reports. Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash on Highway 84 at the start of evening rush hour. It happened near Silas Mercer Road. According to the police, a 53-year-old man was riding his bicycle on the highway when he was struck from behind by a driver. The force of the crash knocked the man off his bike and killed him at the scene. Police are investigating the crash and say there will be charges pending, but until toxicology tests come back they have not revealed what the charges will be. While we do not have all the details of this case, many rear-end crashes are the fault of the driver in the rear. Following a vehicle too closely can cause an accident like this. Unlike a car, bicycles have little protection. Even if the rider was wearing a helmet, a crash from a car can still be fatal, especially if the car kept going after hitting the cyclist.
A recent article from NOLA.com reflected on how bicycle safety in the year has improved since the Endymion crash that killed two cyclists. Unfortunately, despite actions by the government and increased enforcement by the police, there is still a long way to go. Cycling is becoming more popular in New Orleans, especially during Carnival season when it’s all too easy to get behind the wheel after drinking. Riders can avoid most of the traffic and get from place to place with ease. However, they still have to contend with drivers who do not respect bicycle lanes or may drive drunk. There are plans in the works to create sweeping changes that will improve bicycle safety in the city, but those plans won’t help with this year’s parades. Instead, there are plans for more police on staff to watch the routes. However, what is planned is an audacious expansion to the current bicycle lane system as well as measures to slow the amount of traffic through neighborhoods. Cycling advocates are applauding the plans. We hope that everyone out for the celebrations this year can stay as safe as possible. It may be a big party, but safety needs to come first so that we can all go home at the end of the night.