Now that the temperature is warming up and spring is in the air, local bicyclists are happily taking to the streets. Many people rely on bicycles either as a form of recreation or as a way to beat high insurance and gasoline costs. However, it is important to keep safety precautions in mind, as collisions with motor vehicles can result in serious personal injuries. A second fatal bicycle accident to occur in Aiken in less than a week has both residents and public officials concerned.
Local Man Killed In Fatal Bike Crash
A 56-year-old man was killed in a bicycle accident on Monday, March 25, 2019. According to a news report in the Charlotte Observer, the accident occurred at 8:30 p.m. as the man attempted to cross York Street. Police reports indicate that the man was struck by a vehicle headed southbound and the force of the impact threw him into the northbound lanes, where he was struck by another motorist. He became trapped under this second vehicle and was eventually pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma. No charges have been filed in the crash. Officials say toxicology reports are pending.
Unfortunately, this is the second fatal bike accident to occur within the week in Aiken County. On March 24th, The State reported that a young boy had also been struck and killed while riding his bike on Chaffee Street near Ralph Green Drive, in Warrenville. The accident occurred at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, while a 7-year-old boy was riding bikes with his brother. Officials say that the boy was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by a driver headed east in a Toyota SUV. He died at the scene. Again, no charges have been filed against the driver, but the South Carolina Highway Patrol accident reconstruction team is continuing to investigate.
Preventing Bike Accidents And Injuries
When tragedies such as these occur, it calls attention to the dangers all bicyclists routinely face. With little to protect them in accidents involving motor vehicles, there is a significant risk that serious, disabling, and often life-threatening injuries will occur as a result.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) advises that bicyclists need to be aware of the road rules and should take steps to protect themselves, such as wearing a helmet, riding in the appropriate lanes, and using caution when crossing intersections. However, drivers typically bear the burden of responsibility when bike accidents do occur and need to be aware of the steps they can take to prevent them. These include:
Following speed limits
Obeying traffic signs and signals
Slowing down at intersections
Avoiding distractions behind the wheel
Refraining from driving under the influence
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