You know it can be scary to drive around large commercial trucks. Whether you are on the city streets or the highway, these monstrous vehicles can be daunting. If you get into an accident with one, you could suffer catastrophic injuries and even death. Truck accidents can happen for various reasons, but one of the most dangerous is improper loading.
A recent fatal pedestrian accident in a neighboring community north of the Detroit-area left one woman dead. The victim was described as in her 30s or 40s and died at the scene of the pedestrian accident. Reports indicate that a 61-year old woman driving a minivan struck and killed the victim as she was crossing the street. Authorities reported that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash, but the matter remains under investigation as the police continue to seek additional witnesses.
While drivers should look out for bicyclists, you should take some safety precautions too. If you frequently ride your bike around Detroit, you might get into some predicaments, especially when there are no bike lanes. The consequences of getting into an accident with a motor vehicle can be devastating. This is why protecting yourself while you bike is crucial.
There is no question that pedestrian accidents can be severe with serious consequences for victims. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), each year close to 5,000 pedestrians die in pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles, and approximately 76,000 pedestrian victims suffered injuries in 2012 as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle such as a car or truck. This is troubling since pedestrian accidents can mean unexpected damages for victims with which they are forced to deal.
If you ride your bike frequently, you know it is an effective method of transportation, with health and environmental benefits. Whether you use your bike daily to commute to work or you ride on weekends for exercise, you must be prepared for the worst. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bicyclists are more likely to get injuries or die from crashes than people in motor vehicles.