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.
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.
Bicycle riding does not have to be dangerous. With these easy steps, you can ride safely:
While riding, you must always do the following to prevent any bicycle accidents:
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.
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.