Chesapeake Bicyclist Is Killed By a Train
Recently the Virginian Pilot reported on how a 63-year-old man was hit by a train while crossing over the railroad tracks with his bike at Portlock and Campostella roads on the morning of Tuesday, June 3rd. The victim exercised caution by walking his bicycle across the tracks instead of riding it, according to reports but tragically the approaching Amtrak train hit him, knocking him unconscious. He later died at Norfolk Sentara Hospital.
The tragic incident shocked a community and highlighted again the dangers facing cyclists. During the summer more cyclists are getting out on the roads and accidents spike. Here are five tips that will help bicyclists stay safe:
1) Make sure that your bike is ready for the trip – check tires, brakes, and gears making sure that they’re in working order
2) Walk your bike on sidewalks on dangerous intersections and use bike paths when possible
3) When on the road, exercise caution and distance yourself from cars. Obey the rules of the road just as if you were in a car.
4) Beware of blind spots on both large trucks and on intersections without much visibility.
5) Wear bright, reflective gear, especially when riding at night, dusk, or dawn.
As a Chesapeake personal injury attorney, I strive to help people injured through no fault of their own. I have sued railroads for accidents on poorly maintained crossings. If you or anyone you know has been injured on the railroad through no fault of your own, call the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757-455-0077, or find our team online at www.cooperhurley.com. When it really counts, count on Cooper Hurley.