A man riding his bicycle at the intersection of Academy and Palmer Park was hit by a car just before 5 p.m. on Dec. 4.
Though the man, who was in his 60s according to KKTV, was taken to the hospital with a serious head injury, he will be okay. Colorado Springs police said the driver did not leave the scene and would not be considered at fault in the accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2009, about 51,000 bicyclists were injured – a dramatic increase from the 43,000 injured in 2007.
Of course, with the winter months ahead, the number of bicyclists on the road will likely drop significantly, but read up on these safety tips from the NHTSA so you’ll be prepared to get back on the road when the snow melts in the spring:
• Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that bicyclists suffer more head injuries than athletes in any other sport – even football.
• Avoid road hazards. Watch for potholes, broken glass, puddles and other things in the road that could cause you to crash.
• See and be seen. You may feel a little silly, but the NHTSA suggests wearing bright neon or fluorescent colors when riding. Attach reflective tape or lights to your clothing or your bicycle. Even if you can see a driver, they may not be able to see you.
• Avoid riding at night as much as possible. Visibility is decreased when it’s dark outside, making it harder for drivers on the road to notice you.
• Follow the traffic flow. Ride in the same direction as the vehicles on the road. Going against traffic is far more risky.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, don’t let insurance companies push you around. Call the Colorado Springs accident lawyers at Heuser and Heuser today.
“Insurance companies are in business for a reason: to make money. Anytime they’re paying out money on a claim, that’s less money to their bottom line,” says Gordon Heuser. “They have literally hundreds of adjusters and hundreds of lawyers who are on their side trying to figure out how to prevent money from leaving their checkbooks. Quite frankly, you do need a lawyer to help you through this because your lawyer will make sure you’re properly compensated.”
For more information, call 800-370-5150 or Ask Gordon Now!