A cyclist was killed in a North Charleston truck accident with a fire truck on January 9. According to officials, North Charleston firefighters were on their way to a motor vehicle accident when a man on a bicycle was hit and killed by their fire truck on Cross County Road. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office reported that the victim died of blunt force trauma.
According to authorities, the fire truck had its lights and sirens on at the time of the collision, and the truck stopped to medically assist the cyclist. A press release from the fire department said the driver of the fire truck at the time of the accident was now on administrative leave pending an investigation. The accident closed roads for over seven hours while the South Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the scene.
Many bicycle accidents occur when other drivers do not notice cyclists on the road. Bicycles have a right to the road just as other vehicles, and large vehicles especially pose a threat. Large trucks and buses can cause serious injuries and fatalities among cyclists. Cyclists are required by law to remain on the side of the road or in bicycle lanes, except when conducting certain maneuvers. However, if motorists do not give bicyclists enough space on the road while riding or joining traffic, they may be held liable for any injuries sustained by cyclists.
Over 52,000 bicyclist injuries occurred from traffic accidents in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, bicycle fatalities represent only two percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. every year, and only one percent of all trips. However, there are still more than 600 deaths a year associated with riding a bicycle.
Have You Been Injured in a South Carolina Bicycle Accident?
If you have been injured by a negligent motorist while riding a bicycle, our Columbia injury attorneys can help you recover compensation to pay for medical bills. Call our office today to learn more about your rights as a cyclist.
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