As our Asheville bicycle accident lawyers recently reported, thousands of cyclists nationwide are being killed in auto accidents every year.
According to a recent report, Bicycle Friendly States in 2012, the state of North Carolina came in at 24th place for this year’s rankings. It may not sound all that great, but it’s much better than our 38th place ranking we had the previous year. Our state is taking small steps at working to improve the safety of bicyclists and it’s paying off, even if only little by little.
The study is conducted by the League of American Bicyclists and researchers use it to look at just how bicycle-friendly each state is. Experts look at biking paths, education efforts, programs, laws and accident reports to rank each state, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that bicyclists across the state are hitting the streets with the arrival of this beautiful summer weather. Each year, we see increased risks for bicycling accidents during this time. That’s why we’re reaching out to motorists across the state and asking them to be mindful of these vulnerable travelers as there are undoubtedly more of them out now. Take the extra moment to look for bicyclists before reversing, before pulling into a driveway and when parking along the street. With more awareness, we can all do our part to help to reduce the risks for these accidents and to ultimately bring down the number of these unfortunate traffic fatalities.
In the report, our state was noted for creating “an excellent example of how to address safety across the transportation system.” We’ve been working on a number of projects to help to improve riding conditions and the safety of bicyclists across the state. Included in these programs is the Pedestrian and Bicycle Access to Bus Transit project.
Officials with NCDOT are also using its Bicycle and Pedestrian Division and Public Transportation Division to look at even more ways to help to improve the safety of both bicyclists and pedestrians. With more and more people going green, more are hopping on their bicycles and lacing up their shoes to help up down on emissions into the atmosphere. Many others are doing it to stay in shape and to stay healthy. Whatever the reason may be, it’s important that we support them and help to keep them state. We’re all friends and family members here in North Carolina!
Currently, the state has more than 3,000 in bike routes to better encourage residents and visitors to get out there and to start pedaling, but to also feel safer while doing so. These systems help the community to maintain accessibility through this alternative form of transportation.
All travelers are asked to be cautious and to lookout for one another. Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for bicyclists just as bicyclists are asked to make themselves as visible as possible for the motorists. Practice safe biking habits, wear brightly-colored clothing, make your maneuvers predictable and keep safety as a top priority!
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident in Asheville, Anderson or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact the injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Bicycle Accidents in Charlotte and Elsewhere Increasing through Summer Season?, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, June 15, 2012
Anderson Bicycle Accident Kills One, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, , February 16, 2012