In April, three bicyclists riding as a group were hospitalized after a reckless driver hit them. According to police, the driver was driving behind a group of about 20 cyclists, most of whom were on the shoulder, when he became impatient and decided to try to squeeze past the cyclists. His passenger side view mirror clipped four of the group’s members, starting a chain reaction bicycle accident.
The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with officers. He will likely receive a citation for unsafe passing.
Share the Road – It’s the Law!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 818 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2015. Statistics show that bicycle accident fatalities have risen 6 percent since 2006 and 12 percent since 2014. California has remained consistently in the top three states for bicycle accident fatalities, alongside Texas and Florida. Most bicycle accidents take place between 6pm and 9pm in the evening, when drivers are returning home from work and it is getting dark outside.
Don’t forget – as of 2014, there is a law requiring drivers to make sure they are at least three feet away from cyclists while passing. Share the road and be extra attentive around cyclists. It is very easy for a bike ride to go catastrophically wrong when drivers aren’t paying attention.