I was saddened to read about an accident in Virginia Beach which left a cyclist with critical injuries after she was hit by a car.
Just a few weeks ago I made this video about how drivers must give riders a clearance of at least three feet while passing them in Virginia. It’s the law. We don’t know all of the circumstances of this wreck but clearly something went wrong.
The bicyclist was seriously injured after a collision with a vehicle in the 400 block of South Independence Boulevard on Saturday evening.
My thoughts are with this cyclist and her family and I hope she recovers from her serious injuries.
Police say a man was driving a four-door sedan which collided with a female bicyclist. She sustained serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She was listed in critical condition on arrival, reported WAVY.com.
The crash caused the closure of South Independence Boulevard to all southbound traffic from Baxter Road while an investigation was held. VDOT also shut down the 264 Eastbound exit ramp at South Independence Boulevard. The TV station reported that the Virginia Beach Police Department – Special Operations – Fatal Crash Team was investigating this accident.
In July 2015, a 68-year-old cyclist was killed in an accident on South Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach.
During the summer months, there are far more cyclists on the roads of Virginia. Cities such as Virginia Beach have fast-moving highways and are not known to be friendly to bicyclists.
Every year cyclists are injured and killed in Hampton Roads by inconsiderate drivers. Last year a Coast Guard suffered serious injuries when his bicycle was hit by a dump truck in Portsmouth, VA.
Last week in Michigan an out-of-control pick-up hit a group of cyclists, killing five. It was one of the worst tragedies involving cyclists recent years.
Cyclists, as well as motorcyclists, lack the protection of a metal frame that’s given by a car. If you see cyclists on the road, you should make sure to give them plenty of space. Exercise particular care on intersections when cyclists are turning left.
Riders also need to adhere to the rules of the road. You should cycle with the traffic, not against it. Wearing a cycling helmet will help reduce your chances of a head injury if you are in a wreck.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a vehicle while cycling and injured, call our cycling injury lawyers today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.