Ride of Silence to Honor Victims of Bicycle Accidents in North Carolina and Elsewhere

A bicyclist was struck and killed last week as he was biking in West Ashley, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office. Local authorities report that the 25-year-old bicyclist was struck by a vehicle on Old Towne Road. He was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was later pronounced dead, according to 5 News. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene but was later located and apprehended. He faces a $50,000 bond and charges of felony DUI.
In an attempt to raise awareness about such bicycle accidents in North Carolina, residents across the state joined together for the annual Ride of Silence in Charlotte earlier this month. Local cyclists met in the Queens University parking lot off of Wellesley Drive to kick off one of the memorial rides. Cyclists traveled along state roads, under 12 mph, to recognize those who have been killed or injured from these accidents. A number of local bicyclists have been killed in our area over the last few years, and this ride is meant to remember them in addition to raising awareness. This year’s ride stretched about nine miles, according to the Ride of Silence website.

Our North Carolina car accident attorneys recognize the dangers that bicyclists face on our state roadways. We also recognize the dangers they face elsewhere in the country. This ride takes place in many areas across North and South Carolina and elsewhere in the world. It is estimated that almost 300 cities, all 50 states, 18 different countries and all seven continents participate in the memorial ride.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 600 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2009. An additional 51,000 bicyclists were injured in these incidents. These deaths accounted for roughly 2 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities throughout the year.

Most of these bicycling accidents from 2009 occurred during the day – between 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. – in urban areas at non-intersections. There was a 5 percent increase in such accidents from the previous year.

Most bicyclists killed were males of the average age of 41. In last 10 years, the number of people killed or injured in that group has steadily increased.

Yield To Life offers these tips to motorists to help them keep bicyclists safe:

-Remember that bicyclists follow the same rules of the road as motorists. Treat them as another vehicle.

-Be careful when passing a cyclist. Do not do so until you have made certain that you can safely.

-Be careful when turning right. Always keep an eye out for bicyclists that are parallel with you that may plan to travel straight.

-Look around your entire car before putting your car into reverse and backing up.

-Hesitate honking at bicyclists as the noise may startle them and create a hazardous situation for the both of you.

-Yield to bicyclists at intersections.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in North Carolina, contact our personal injury lawyers in Winston-Salem and Statesville for experienced representation. The Lee Law Offices, P.A fight for the rights of victims and their families in North and South Carolina so call to make a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case at 1-800-887-1965.

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