Investigation Underway After Death of a Bicyclist Near Virginia Beach Boulevard
Police have identified the deceased rider after the death of a bicyclist near Virginia Beach Boulevard on Saturday.
Bicyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users. Sadly, not all drivers realize this. They face dangers on a daily basis on busy highways like Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach.
A report on WAVY.com noted Mcrell Eugene Hinton was killed near Virginia Beach Boulevard and Sikes Avenue Saturday morning. Our thoughts are with the family of the bicyclist.
Dispatchers say the 911 call came in at 8:39 a.m. for a crash involving a bicyclist and a vehicle.
When officers arrived at the accident scene they found a man who was riding a bicycle had been struck by a vehicle.
Media reports stated the driver of the vehicle stayed at the accident scene. Roads in the area were closed hours after the death of a bicyclist near Virginia Beach Boulevard.
Few details are available about this tragedy. We know cyclists are injured and killed in a number of different ways in Hampton Roads.
Here are some common causes of accidents between cyclists and motor vehicles.
- Left Turns by Cars and Trucks – Cyclists and motorcyclists are vulnerable during turns. Often drivers fail to see a bicyclist and cut across the rider’s path.
- The Right Crossing – A common causes of injury and death to bicyclists is when a vehicle pulls out from the right side of a road and cuts in front.
- Car Dooring Collisions – Even a non-moving car can be a major hazard to a cyclist. People who open vehicle doors often fail to look behind them. A car door that’s suddenly flung open can be hazardous to a passing cyclist.
- Wrong Way Accidents – A lot of cyclists are injured or killed in wrong way accidents. Often the rider is breaking the law. Cyclists should always ride with the traffic in Virginia. When riders head into the traffic, they are at greater risk of a collision.
- Passing Accidents – Virginia has a three-foot passing rule. Drivers are required to should give cyclists three feet when they are passing them. Drivers often pass too close and knock over cyclists.
- Red Light Accidents – Intersections are high risk places for accidents involving bicyclists. Most cars and trucks have blind spots. Drivers can miss a cyclist who pulls up next to them. A car may veer into the lane of the bicyclist or hit the bicyclists while turning.
If you are driving in Hampton Roads please watch out for bicyclists. Our highways lack cycling lanes and other safety features. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident please call our Hampton Roads cycling accident lawyers at (757) 333-3333.