A 43-year-old man died at a local hospital after a truck struck him while he was riding his bicycle, according to a report by KLFY. Officials say the accident happened on the 600 block of North Pierce Street. According to police, a GMC truck traveling southbound hit the victim and ejected him from the bicycle. Emergency workers rushed the cyclist to the hospital, but he later died from his injuries. The driver of the pickup did not sustain any injuries.
Although cycling is an economical and enjoyable way to commute, it comes with inherent risks. All it takes is one drunk, distracted or otherwise negligent driver to cause a deadly wreck.
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle crash, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A personal-injury attorney in Lafayette will help you pursue compensation for lost income, medical bills and non-economic damages. If your loved one died in a bike wreck, our legal team will help you file a wrongful death lawsuit. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Read on to learn six tips for preventing bicycle accidents and injuries:
Wear a Certified Helmet
Your head is the most vulnerable part of your body in a bicycle crash. Helmets.org recommends that you only wear a helmet with a certification from the Consumer Product Safety Commission or the Snell Foundation. Also, you should never purchase a used helmet because it may have been damaged in a previous accident.
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Make sure drivers can see you at all times. Wear brightly colored clothing and a reflective vest. If you are riding at night, then install lights on the front and back of your bike.
Keep your vision ahead so you can spot hazards in time to brake safely. Maintain a safe distance from drivers who appear distracted or intoxicated.
Ride in the Same Direction as Traffic
If there are no cycle lanes available, make sure you ride in the direction of traffic and not against it.
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Distractions are just as deadly for bicyclists as they are for motor-vehicle drivers – perhaps more so. As such, you should avoid all physical, cognitive and visual distractions.
Do not ride with headphones, and avoid checking your cell phone or making calls while you are riding. If you are in a group, avoid talking to other riders in a way that takes your focus off the road.
Inspect Your Bicycle before You Depart
Get into the habit of conducting a simple bicycle inspection before you ride. Test your brakes and check your wheels for obstructions, wear and tear. Also, make sure all quick-release levers are tight.
If you were hurt in a bicycle accident, turn to Morris Bart, LLC. A personal-injury lawyer in Lafayette will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free consultation.