On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
Bicyclists can suffer serious injuries when they are struck by motor vehicles. Such injuries can have significant impacts on a bicyclist’s life. Thus, car vs. bicycle accidents can be a very serious type of motor vehicle accident. Over the weekend, a bicycle accident occurred in Oregon which resulted in a man getting seriously injured. The accident happened on Sunday. Reportedly, that day, a 45-year-old man was driving a van in Oregon City. According to authorities, at the intersection of Highway 99 and 12th street, the van hit a bicycle which was crossing at this intersection. The bicycle was being ridden by a 22-year-old man from Portland. Allegedly, the van dragged the 22-year-old man for nearly 150 feet before stopping. This reportedly occurred because the 45-year-old man did not initially realize that his van had hit a bicyclist. Authorities have cited the 45-year-old man with failure to yield to a bicyclist in connection to this accident. According to the KGW article which reported this story, the 22-year-old man suffered serious injuries in this car vs. bicycle accident. He was transported to a hospital after the accident occurred. As this incident illustrates, car vs. bicycle accidents can result in bicyclists getting seriously hurt. Thus, it is very important for motor vehicle drivers to do everything they reasonably can to prevent car vs. bicycle accidents when out on the roads. This includes practicing safe and attentive driving when behind the wheel. It also includes making sure to watch for bicyclists when driving. If motor vehicle drivers fail to do these things, they could be putting bicyclists in harm’s way. Source: KGW, “Ore. bicyclist struck by van, dragged 145 feet,” Jeff Thompson, May 7, 2012