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Fatal Bicycle Accidents: Common Causes & 7 Ways to Prevent Them

Fatal Cycling Accidents - Fisher Stark, Accident Lawyers

The Tragedy of Cycling Accidents: A Greater Threat Than You Might Believe…

Have you considered the stark reality that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 932 bicyclists lost their lives in motor-vehicle collisions in 2020?

Car and Bicycle Accidents: An All Too Frequent Occurrence in Asheville NC

Sadly, Asheville and the wider region of Western North Carolina mountains is a frequent backdrop for devastating accidents involving cyclists.

A recent incident in Asheville over the 2023 Labor Day weekend bore testament to this tragedy, when a cyclist was fatally struck in a hit-and-run collision, as reported by local police.

Samantha Booth from the Asheville Police Department shared that the event occurred on a Sunday afternoon, just after 1 p.m., on the busy Hendersonville Road in Asheville.

The cyclist was headed south on Hendersonville Road and was in the turn lane when a blue sedan, moving northward, attempted to overtake another car using the turn lane, and struck the cyclist head-on. The driver fled the scene before police arrived.

The injured cyclist was rushed by ambulance to Mission Hospital, but sadly succumbed to his injuries. The driver was apprehended and taken into custody later that Sunday evening.

What Are the Key Causes of Bicycle Accidents?

Collisions with motor vehicles are the leading cause of bicycle accidents and frequently result in severe or fatal injuries to bike riders.

The NHTSA states that the majority of bicycle accidents result from falls related to car interactions (hitting doors or falling after sudden stops by the car) or by direct collisions with cars.

The NHTSA data indicates that in 2020, there were 932 deaths among bicyclists due to motor-vehicle accidents, marking an 8.9% rise from the 856 reported in 2019. Cycling-related deaths accounted for 2% of all motor-vehicle fatalities that year.

In 2020, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 425,910 bicycle-related injuries that required treatment in an emergency department.

Although not all bicycle accidents lead to fatalities, they can result in significant, life-altering injuries that call for prolonged medical care and rehabilitation.

Even minor accidents, such as a sudden fall due to an abrupt car stop or a “dooring” incident, can lead to serious harm to a cyclist.

You’re not alone … We can help.

When a collision involves a car or truck and a cyclist, the consequences can be fatal or lead to severe, life-long injuries. If such harm occurs due to someone else’s negligence, the victim may require experienced, long-term care.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or harm in a cycling accident, we encourage you to contact Fisher Stark, P.A., at 828-505-4300 for a complimentary consultation.

We are committed to assisting you and your loved ones during these challenging times and ensuring you receive the justice you deserve.

7 Guidelines for Safer Driving Near Cyclists In Asheville, NC

Even with legislators trying to make roads a safer place for cyclist, it may not be enough to stop reckless drivers from causing catastrophic crashes with cyclists. All drivers must take steps to minimize the risk of hitting a cyclist:

At Fisher Stark, P.A., we know that most bicycle and pedestrian accidents are caused by cars and other vehicles.

There’s limited protection afforded to those who use their feet to get around. So, injuries sustained when struck by a vehicle like a car, bus, or truck can have traumatic, long-lasting effects.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, consult an experienced accident attorney. We invite you to call Fisher Stark, P.A., at 828-505-4300 for a free consultation, to see if we can help you if you have been hurt in a bike accident case.

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