A recent bicycle accident in Anderson killed a 52-yer old man. According to FOX Carolina, the accident happened at around 9 p.m. at the intersection of McLees Road and Marchbanks Avenue. The bicyclist was about two blocks from his home when the accident happened. According to Greg Shore, Anderson County Coroner, the man died from blunt force trauma to his neck.
Reports of the accident indicate that the bicyclist was wearing dark-colored clothing and didn’t have a light on his bike when it all happened. It has not been revealed if any charges would result from this accident.
When the weather permits, our South Carolina bicycle accident attorneys like to get out there and enjoy some environmentally friendly, good old-fashioned exercise. While this is an enjoyable activity, it can quickly become a dangerous one. Bicyclists are urged to be on the lookout for drivers who may overlook them. Defensive bicycling habits may be your best defense against an accident on our busy roadways
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 650 bicyclists who were killed in traffic-related accidents in 2009. There were 51,000 additional injuries. In the state of South Carolina, there were more than 10 bicyclist fatalities during the same year. Many of these fatal accidents were the result of driver inattention. Bicyclists are often overlooked by motorists. These travelers must abide by road laws like you and I and therefore should be treated with the same kind of respect that you’re expected to treat other drivers with.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is here to offer bicyclists with some beneficial safety tips to help to reduce the risks of a motor vehicle-related bicycle accident.
Safety Tips for Bicyclists:
-Always ride with the flow of traffic and follow the rules of the road. When you’re riding with the flow of traffic, motorists will be more likely to see you and your maneuvers will be more predictable.
-Always ride in a straight line. Never veer in and out of cars.
-When turning and stopping, use hand signals.
-Be sure to obey traffic signs and signals, just like drivers are required to.
-Never ride on the sidewalk.
-You should ride on a paved shoulder, bike route, bike lane or trail. Do this while following the rules of the road and looking out for other travelers.
-Make yourself as predictable and as visible as possible.
-If you’re riding at night, wear bright clothing, reflective materials and use your bike’s headlights.
-Avoid wearing head phones, text messaging or talking on the phone while biking.
-Keep an eye out for road debris.
-Always be on the lookout for turning vehicles. According to recent accident data, getting hit from behind is highly unlikely. Most accidents happened on driveways and at intersections when motorists are turning.
Safety Tips for Motorists:
-Always look for bicyclists.
-Always give bicyclists the appropriate right-of-way.
-New riders and children can be unpredictable. Be ready for the unexpected.
-Never engage in distractions behind the wheel.
-Stay sober to increase your ability to react to bicyclists.
-Obey the speed limit.
-Come to a complete stop at stop signs and look for cyclists.
-Pass cyclists with care. Treat them as slow-moving vehicles.
-Never tailgate a bicyclist.
-Reduce your speed around bicyclists.
-Always check your blind spots for cyclists before making turns and other maneuvers.
-Don’t blast your horn near bicyclists.
With cooperation and awareness from both cyclists and motorists, we can help to make our roadways safe for everyone. Keep an eye out for our vulnerable, two-wheeled travelers.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle-related bicycle accident in Anderson or elsewhere, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
Anderson cyclist killed in crash with car, by Casey Vaughn, FOX Carolina
More Blog Entries:
Bicycle Accident in Greenville County Kills 73-Year-Old Man, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, February 8, 2012
Resolve to Reduce Carolina Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents in 2012, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 7, 2012