Bicycling is an excellent way to spend one’s leisure time and be healthy at the same time. Most of us acknowledge the health benefits of bicycling. In fact, more and more people use bicycles to improve health conditions. However, one major disadvantage of bicycling is the risks of bicyclists being involved in an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts of 2009, 630 cyclists died and 51,000 more were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Cyclists’ deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities, and made up 2 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. It also revealed that 70 percent of cyclist fatalities occurred in urban areas and most of these happened at non-intersections.
On Thursday evening, about 9:25 pm (1/7/11), a 69-year-old woman from Gilbert was taken to the hospital in a critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the intersection.
According to the reports, the victim was pedalling eastbound on Ray Road when she tried crossing the intersection with Recker Road against a red light. No alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident. This is the second incident of bicycling accident in 2 weeks. The roads are for everyone. Drivers of motor vehicles need to share the road with bicyclists. Meanwhile, bicyclists should also be responsible of their own safety. One way is to increase their visibility by using brightly colored clothing, red reflector or flashing rear light, and retro-reflective tape or markings. A well-fitted helmet is still the best way to protect oneself from head injuries during a crash.
If you have been a victim of a bicycle accident and would like to seek compensation, we are available at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation. Call now and an Arizona bike accident lawyer will be with you shortly.