Off-Duty Bicycle Officer Struck by Passing Pickup

In a recent bicycle accident in McCormick County, the victim was identified as a Columbia County Sheriff’s bicycle deputy. He wasn’t riding for work when the accident happened — he was riding his personal bicycle, according to The August Chronicle.

The accident happened on Furys Ferry Road just after 3:00 p.m. He was hit from the back by a Ford pickup trick. According to an eye witness, there had been a number of vehicles that passed the cyclist, but the female driver of the truck involved reportedly slammed right into him. He was airlifted to the hospital and treated for injuries.
The 60-year-old bicyclist was listed in fair condition after days in the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. He has been with the Sheriff’s Office for more than 15 years and is assigned to work the Special Operations Division Bike Patrol.

Our Rock Hill bicycle accident attorneys understand that many residents and visitors to the area venture out on bicycles. Our area has been gifted with such beautiful scenery and plenty of riding paths. Unfortunately, traffic is always a danger. It’s important that bicyclists take all of the proper safety precautions to help to reduce their risks of being injured by a passing vehicle. Safety should be the number one priority of a two-wheeled traveler.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 600 bicyclists killed on U.S. roadways in 2010. Another 50,000 were injured during the year, too! These kinds of accidents don’t seem to be clearing up either, as there was an increase in the number of these accidents from 2009 to 2010 and again from 2010 to 2011 — and once again from 2011 to 2012.

In the state of South Carolina, there were close to 15 cyclists who were killed in traffic accidents in 2010. During this same time, there were another 25 who were killed in North Carolina. Hundreds more were injured. And these are only the accidents that were reported.

“I have personal friends in the community who have gotten in crashes who don’t even call the cops,” said the Director of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition.

Bicyclists are asked to be cautious when riding out there. Always ride with a headlight so you can help to ensure that motorists see you. This is also why you should ride wearing bright, reflective materials. Always bike with the flow of traffic. You never want to ride facing oncoming traffic. You also want to ride your bike when it’s light outside. Avoid riding at night as this is when drivers are less likely to see you. You want to make your moves along our roadways as predictable as possible. You can’t rely on the same driving habits of others to keep you safe. Ride defensively and stay aware of your surroundings. Remain one step ahead of the traffic around you to help to ensure a safe ride.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, contact the injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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