Riding down Washington Avenue against traffic on his titanium Litespeed
bicycle, Clint achieves an adrenaline high as the wind rips through his
hair. He sees his street approaching rapidly on his right. Aggressively
forcing his hands down on the brake handles, Clint kicks his rear tire
out to the left, speeding into the crosswalk.
Three lanes over, Mary is heading home after a long days work. She does
not see Clint enter the crosswalk. Seconds later, she runs into Clint
at full speed, forty miles per hour. Clint never saw the accident coming;
never knew what hit him; and never woke up after being hit. Several days
after the accident, he died from his injuries.
What went wrong here; could anything have been done to prevent the
bicycle accident? Were any rules broken? Consider Mary; what did she do wrong? Unfortunately,
the facts do not tell us much. She had a long day at work, but was she
too tired to drive. She was going forty miles per hour, but we do not
know if she was speeding. If she was not speeding, we do not know if the
traffic conditions were such that forty miles per hour was too fast. We
do not know if she was drunk or under the influence of drugs.
What about Clint, could he have done something to prevent the
car on bicycle collision? Did he break any rule? It appears that he has. Clint was riding against
traffic; bicycles should ride with traffic unless it’s too dangerous to do so.
Clint also rode his bike through the crosswalk. Such is not a smart thing
to do. The general rule is that bicyclists should walk the bike across
the crosswalk. This is because even at a crosswalk, one cannot abruptly
and quickly enter into the roadway. Oncoming traffic must be allowed a
reasonable amount of time to react to someone entering the roadway. Running
or riding out into traffic is against the rules.
What about the wind running through his hair? He might not have been wearing
a helmet. Since we do not know Clint’s age, we do not know if such
is a legal violation. But it is clear that he is riding very fast on a
very expensive bicycle; so it would be wise to wear a helmet.
In addition to wearing helmets and following state regulations, bicyclists should:
- Keep an eye out for roadway debris
- Pay attention to traffic conditions
- Keep both hands on the handlebars
- Refrain from riding too close to the curb
Experienced Newburgh bicycle accident attorneys know that these wise words, among other things, can help bicyclists stay
safe on New York roadways.
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