Sep 29th, 2021
Paulozzi Joseph

You may never forget how to ride a bike, but injuries from a bicycle accident can stop you from ever getting back on a bicycle. Unfortunately, there are negligent drivers on the road who forget about sharing the road with bicyclists. However, bicyclists deserve to ride around safely and deserve the same rights as anyone else on the road. Thankfully, there are steps a bicyclist can take to prevent being injured by a driver.

55-Year-Old Man Killed Riding His Bike

In Akron, Ohio, a 69-year-old driver struck a bicyclist, Peter Iannaggi, late Wednesday night. Iannaggi was going east in the 300 block of West Wilbeth Road when struck from behind by an SUV. The 69-year-old driver fled the scene shortly after hitting Iannaggi but called the police department to report the accident. When the police officers responded to the call, they found the 55-year-old bicyclist injured on the ground. Unfortunately, Iannaggi later died at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General from the severity of his injuries.

Since Iannaggi failed to stay in the designated bike lane since he was riding in the middle of the traffic lane, police believed the bicyclist may have been partially to blame for the accident. In addition, police believed that speed and alcohol were not factors in the accident.

Bicyclist Safety Tips

Bicycle riding does not have to be dangerous. With these easy steps, you can ride safely:

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet.
  • Make sure your bicycle is adjusted to fit your height.
  • Check your equipment to ensure tires are correctly inflated, and brakes are in working condition.
  • Always wear neon, bright, or fluorescent colors while riding day or night.
  • Use reflective tape or flashing lights.
  • Always ride your bicycle correctly, with at least one hand on the handlebars.
  • Carry any books or other belongings in a backpack or a bicycle carrier.
  • Be on the lookout for road hazards, like potholes, broken glass, puddles, gravel, leaves, and dogs.
  • Refrain from riding at night. If you must ride during the dark, ensure your bicycle has reflectors on the front and back.

While riding, you must always do the following to prevent any bicycle accidents:

  • Obey all traffic laws.
  • Signal your moves to others.
  • Ride in a straight line.
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic, not against it.
  • Always look behind you to ensure there is no traffic coming when you are turning.
  • Watch out for cars pulling out or cars with their doors opened.
  • Yield to traffic when appropriate.
  • Only ride on the sidewalk when allowed.

Sometimes you can do everything right, and a bicycle accident can still occur due to a negligent driver. When we look at the data that the United States Department of Transportation provides us with, we can see 846 bicyclists fatalities and 49,000 bicyclist injuries occurred in a year.

Why Do You Need To Hire An Akron Bicycle Accident Attorney?

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a bicycle accident due to a driver’s negligent actions, please seek legal help as soon as possible. At Paulozzi LPA, our team’s mission is to recover compensation for all your crash-related expenses.

When you need an Akron bicycle accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 330-631-0444.

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