Anyone who has ridden a bike has most likely taken a tumble and had a few bumps and bruises. However, when a motor vehicle is involved in a bicycle accident, the rider is susceptible to severe injuries, up to and including death. It is up to motorists and bicyclists to both work together to prevent these collisions and the life-changing injuries they can have for the bike rider.
College Student Loses Leg In Bike Tragedy
A freshman at Ohio State University was riding his bike to class in September 2012 when he was struck by a dump truck. The student was on the sidewalk and saw a dump truck traveling next to him on the road. Without warning, the dump truck turned right and struck the freshman before he had time to get out of the way of the vehicle. The 18-year old young man lost his right leg, had severe injuries to his pelvis and suffered infections that were a threat to his life.
The student’s family has now filed a personal injury lawsuit against the university, the dump truck driver and the other contractors that were hired by the university. The construction site was unavoidable to pass by as students were on their way to their dorms and the family feels that the contractors and university did not properly make the area safe for students to travel around. Since the crash that took the students leg, the university has implemented several safety measures to protect students, but it is too little too late for the victim.
Prevention Is Key– For Both Motorists And Cyclists Alike
As is often the case, safety for pedestrians and bicyclists is an after thought in many construction sites. With large equipment and vehicles, there is danger for those who must pass by these areas. It is not until a tragedy happens that safety suddenly becomes a priority. The use of flag persons, cones and other safety precautions such as back-up alarms can alert passing-by bicyclists and pedestrians to be on the look out for dangers.
When a vehicle and a bicyclists tangle, the bicyclist is going to lose. The lack of outer protection makes them vulnerable to injuries. Motorists, especially vehicles working in areas that must regularly cross sidewalks and bicycle paths, should be looking out for those that may be traveling on these paths. A sudden turn, as is what reportedly happened in the Ohio State bicycle accident, can put pedestrians and bicyclists at risk for severe injuries. It is up to the drivers of these large vehicles to take the time to make sure that it is safe for those around them before crossing a designated bike or pedestrian path.