On September 21, 2013, the 40th Annual Granite State Wheelman Tri-State Seacoast Century Ride took place. The famous bicycle race follows the coasts of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. But tragically this year, shortly after the race began, a car traveling south on the route crossed over onto the northbound side, striking four people. Two female cyclists were killed, while two more were injured.
Authorities are conducting investigations and can not say if charges will be filed against the driver.
Even the safest cyclists can end up in tragic accidents such as this one. Accidents are much more likely to occur when motorists do not recognize that cyclists have just as much of a right to use the roadway as cars do. However, with their bodies fully exposed, cyclists are most likely to be seriously injured in these tragic situations. What can you do to keep yourself safe on the road?
- Always wear a properly-fitting helmet. Whether you are just riding around the corner, or going for several miles, you should never ride your bike without a helmet.
- Be as visible as possible. Bright, neon colors will make sure that you are as visible to motorists around you as possible.
- Ride as defensively as possible. Even though you as a cyclist have just as much of a right to the road as motorists do, you also are much more likely to be seriously or even fatally injured in an accident. Yield the way to keep yourself safe. Be aware of the cars and trucks around you at all times.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident involving a motor vehicle, the accident attorneys at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP can help. These accidents can be devastating and life-changing. You do not have to suffer alone. Contact us to discuss your case today.