A recent bicycling accident in Greenville County on Old Buncombe Road killed a 73-year-old cyclist. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, authorities are still investigating the accident, which happened just before 7 p.m.
According to FOX Carolina, the accident happened as the man was riding his bicycle along Old Buncombe Road and was trying to cross Cedar Lane Road when he was hit by a passing motorists. The man was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
Our Greenville bicycle accident lawyers understand that cycling is a great way to exercise and help save the environment all at once. Unfortunately, the fun, outdoor activity can also be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were about 650 bicyclists killed in traffic-related accidents in 2009. During the same year, there were more than 50,000 bicyclists injured in these types of accidents. With safer traveling habits from both motorists and cyclists, we can all do our part to help to reduce the number of these injuries and fatalities that occur each year. In South Carolina, more than 10 bicyclists died in traffic-related accidents in 2009.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is here to offer bicyclists with some safe riding tips to help them to prevent an accident with a motor vehicle. Bicyclists are urged to review the following tips and share them with friends and family members. Safe and cautious riders can help to significantly reduce their risks of an accident.
Safe Biking Tips:
-Be sure to obey all of the traffic signs and signals. Bicyclists are required to follow the rules of the road, just like motorists.
-Never ride facing oncoming traffic. Motorists don’t typically look for bicyclists who are riding on the wrong side of the road. According to state law, bicyclists are required to ride in the same direction as vehicular traffic.
-Always follow lane markings. You don’t want to turn left from a right lane and you don’t want to travel straight in a lane that is marked for “right-turns only.”
-Never pass on the right. Drivers may not look for you or they just may overlook your bike.
-Always keep an eye on the roadway behind you. Bicyclists should learn how to look over his or her shoulder without swerving or losing balance. If it helps, use a rear-view mirror.
-Always have both of your hands ready to hit the brake. Stopping one-handed won’t always allow you to stop when you want or need.
-Allow extra space to stop when it’s raining or the roadway is slick. Brakes don’t work as well when they’re wet.
-You’re encouraged to always wear a helmet and to refrain from wearing headphones when driving a bicycle.
-Wear bright clothing when riding during the evening hours.
-Remember to use hand signals when turning so that motorists know where you’re headed.
-Be sure to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the roadway in front of them.
-Keep a look out for road hazards and debris in the street.
-Always keep your bike in good-working condition.
-If you’re riding at night, you are required by law to use lights.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a bicycling or pedestrian accident in your South Carolina community, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. We offer free consultations to victims and their families. Call 1-800-887-1965 to discuss your case today.
HP: Bicyclist hit, killed in Greenville Co. crash, by Casey Vaughn, FOX Carolina
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