A bicycle accident on a busy North Carolina road launched the start of “Ghost Bikes.” A father of three was hit and killed by a passing semi-truck as he cycled alongside the road. Fellow cyclists put a white bike at the site of the accident to serve as a memorial and to help to raise awareness about these kinds of accidents, according to The Republican.
When loved ones got to the scene of the accident, they already noticed an old white bike that was stood up alongside the road unchained. It was a ghost bike.
These bikes are now popping up all over the world. According to the organization’s website, there are about 500 of these bikes in nearly 200 locations throughout the world. The bikes come in all different shapes and sizes, just as the victims do. Most of them are white, but there is a bright pink one that’s been spotted. Many are smashed to signify the consequences of car accidents with bicyclists.
Our Asheville bicycling accident attorneys understand that these kinds of accidents are alarmingly common during this time of the year. Nationwide, bicyclists are hitting the road. The warm summer weather provides idea conditions for bicyclists. Unfortunately, motorists aren’t recognizing the presence of these travelers and their safety is suffering because of it.
New York City has been noted for the number of Ghost Bike memorials. There are currently more than 100 throughout the city. New York City is also the city where the group of bicycling advocates who maintain ghostbikes.org reside.
Every year, there are hundreds of cyclists killed and thousands more injured in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 620 cyclists who were killed and more than 50,000 who were injured in accidents with motor vehicles in 2010. These accidents accounted for about 2 percent of all motor vehicle-related deaths. More than 70 percent of bicyclists who were killed during the year were killed in urban areas. About 30 percent of the fatalities happened at intersections and half of them happened between the hours or 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
In Raleigh, there’s a memorial for Steven Jordan, that sits in the grass right next to a busy six-road street. It has been there since the 4th of July, when that passing truck driver slammed into him. Since then, the driver has been charged with a failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Bicycle advocates in the area also helped to organize a memorial ride for their lost bicyclist.
Drivers are asked to use these bicycles as a reminder. Keep an eye out for these two-wheeled travelers along our streets. Much of their safety relies on your safe habits. Look twice, save a life.
“I think ghost bikes aren’t only a memorial but art,” said Timur Ender, local bicycling advocate. “Whenever I pass one I have a moment of silence — they’re a reminder of how fragile life can be.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
‘Ghost bikes’ rise at scenes of fatal bicycle-car crashes as tributes to those who died, by Allen Reed, The Republican
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