When tractor-trailers collide with cars the effects can be devastating for the driver of the smaller vehicle. When a collision occurs between a big rig and a cyclist, the odds are heavily stacked against the cyclist.
I was saddened to read about how a cyclist lost his life this morning in an accident in my home city of Chesapeake.
Few details were available about the crash but we know it occurred just before 6 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar Road and Albemarle Drive and police closed the intersection until 8:30 a.m. My thoughts are with the family of the cyclist who died. Leo Kosinski with Chesapeake Police said the victim is an adult man. He was later identified as Kim Turner.
My colleague Jim Hurley talks about cycling accidents
Although Chesapeake has become more friendly to cyclists in recent years, there is still a long way to go. Intersections such as the scene of this tragic accident are uncompromising places for bicyclists.
The TV station ABC13 interviewed bicyclists about the issues cyclists face in Chesapeake. Greg Bell, a keen 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.”
And cyclists don’t only face hostility from drivers in Chesapeake. Virginia Beach has a long history of road rage incidents and accidents between drivers and cyclists.
Bell has called for more bike route signs like those in Virginia Beach and Downtown Norfolk in Chesapeake.
“The whole city needs to be more pedestrian friendly,” council member Rick West said in the ABC 13 report.
The council member is exploring the idea of adding a sidewalk along Cedar Rd, from Battlefield Blvd up to City Hall. However, it would be of little help to cyclists because the city has an ordinance where you can’t ride your bike on sidewalks. Three years ago, a 13-year-old girl was hit and killed by a car while walking across Cedar Rd at Country Club Blvd. in Chesapeake. It’s close to the scene of today’s accident.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk or any other Hampton Roads city, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver’s insurance policy. If you have lost a loved one, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers help the families of many people who have lost loved ones in the most tragic of circumstances. Call us at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com. When it really counts, count on Cooper Hurley.