A 12-year-old boy was riding his bike Thursday morning when he was struck by a pickup truck pulling out of a driveway at a local RV park. The driver heard a thump but continued driving until he circled back around to see what the source of the sound was. Sadly, he found the boy under his truck.
Paramedics were called in and arrived a short time later to perform CPR on the boy who was unconscious but breathing. The boy was airlifted to Tri City Hospital and died a few minutes later. No one else was hurt in the crash.
There Are Laws to Prevent This
Unfortunately, death or extreme injury is all too common when cyclists meet 2-ton vehicles on the road, and this is why we have traffic laws. So what is the law that could have protected the boy in this situation?
You may think potholes are insignificant. But a small hole can put a deep cut into your pocketbook – and even take a life!
Who would’ve thought that a little hole in the ground could cause so much harm. Safety researchers are estimating that potholes will cause roughly $6.4 billion in damages to cars this year. That’s a lot of cash!
Most pothole damage goes to tires and shock absorbers, but everything from brakes to steering and even your engine can be damaged. Repairs start at $50 but go way up if your engine is involved, and can be a nasty surprise if they go unnoticed until a routine service check.
Consequently, it might be time for you to take a fresh look at potholes. They are not just the little bump in the road you thought they were.
This National Bike Month, let’s commit to keeping cyclists safe. The risks are too great not to – for cyclists and for drivers!
In honor of the National Bike Month I’d like to write again about bicycle safety, from a different perspective. I know people who use bicycles to get to work and who use them for exercise and recreation, and they all take their safety very seriously. But their precautions cannot account for the actions of others with whom they share the road.
“Bike Traffic Signals”, courtesy of DDOT DC from Flickr.
The most common kinds of bicycle accidents involve another person, usually in an automobile. While fault for the accident can lie with cyclists just as easily as with drivers, drivers are often at fault. In that spirit, here are safety tips for drivers that can help keep prevent accidents and injury.
And if you’re the driver who is annoyed by cyclists in your way and slowing your commute to wherever you happen to be going, you may want to read this because keeping those cyclists on the road is important for your wellbeing as well. Read on to find out why.
Attention San Diego cyclists –
Trek Bicycles is recalling nearly one million bicycles across the United States and Canada. The part needing replacement is the front wheel quick-release latch, but most accidents caused by the part stem from user error. Even so, Trek chose to take dramatic action. Why?
Being aware of your surroundings is the best way to stay bike safe when you’re cycling in San Diego.
Some bicycle safety tips are repeated enough that you know them by heart: wear a helmet. Have a bike light and a mirror. Wear bright or reflective clothing. Don’t use headphones. Follow the law. But the basics are just a start. Here are five advanced bicycle tips from and for lifetime cyclists when riding on our busy San Diego streets.
MS TRAM | 2010.07.29 | Day 4 | Wadena to Fergus Falls
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