Accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists are all too common in Hampton Roads where there is a lack of cycle paths, sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian-friendly features.
I was alarmed to read about how a man on a bicycle suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a car on Western Branch Boulevard in Chesapeake on Saturday night.
The accident occurred in the 3300 block of Western Branch Boulevard when a car leaving a shopping center struck a man on a bicycle. WAVY.com reported on how the bicyclist was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. Police are investigating the incident. I hope the cyclist makes a speedy recovery.
Far too many cyclists are injured and killed in Hampton Roads. My colleague Bill O’Mara wrote about accidents involving cyclists and cars last summer when a bicyclist was injured in Virginia Beach.
Accidents involving cyclists and other drivers often prove to be fatal for the rider. In 2014, a cyclist was killed on Cedar Road in Chesapeake. At the time of this death, ABC13 interviewed bicyclists about the issues cyclists face in Chesapeake. Greg Bell, a cyclist who rides with the group “Fat Frogs Bikes” told the station he thinks it’s difficult to ride safely in the city.
“It’s one of the worst places to cycle. The community just hasn’t accepted it yet,” Bell said in the interview. “It’s not uncommon to have bottles thrown at you from drivers. People speed up around you, slam on brakes in front of you.”
Some great tips on safe cycling in Virginia are provided by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
Every cyclist in Virginia is subject to the provisions of the Code of Virginia section on motor vehicles. Bicyclists and other users on sidewalks, shared use paths, and crosswalks have all the rights and duties of a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
Bicyclists and other users of shared use paths crossing highways crosswalks that are clearly marked must come to a complete stop at stop signs prior to entering such crosswalk.
On shared use paths crossing highways in marked crosswalks lacking stop signs or other traffic control signals cyclists and pedestrians are not required to come to a full stop but must not enter the road without looking out for approaching traffic.
All too often, drivers in Hampton Roads fail to notice cyclists until it’s too late. Even at slow speeds, drivers who are pulling out or turning at intersections can seriously injure cyclists.
If you are hurt in a cycling accident in Virginia due to the fault of another driver, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.