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Bicycle Accidents in Oregon Remind Us to Share the Road
Friday, August 5th, 2011

Four bicyclists were killed and another three were hospitalized in automobile collisions in Oregon this week.  

An 81-year-old man died after his bicycle swerved in to the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 101 near Garibaldi, Oregon, crashing into the back of a passing truck’s loaded log pole trailer.

Last weekend, an 18-year-old recent Clackamas High School graduate died in a hit-and-run collision in Clackamas County, Oregon.

And last Wednesday night, three cyclists riding on a country road in Washington County, Oregon, were struck from behind by an automobile. None of the three bicyclists wore a helmet.  None of their bicycles had lights or reflectors, as required by Oregon law. One of the cyclists, a young man expecting his first child, died as a result of the crash; two others are hospitalized.

In Seattle, there has been at least three hit-and-run bicycle crashes in the last week, all resulting in potentially catastrophic injuries.    

These tragedies serve as a reminder for all drivers and cyclists: share the road. Obey the laws.  Every person riding a bicycle on a public road is subject to the same laws, and also has the same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle.

Review these bicycle safety tips for a refresher on how to keep yourself and others safe on the road. If you’re a parent, remember to teach bicycle helmet safety to your children, and consider Bike Safety Education classes from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

 

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One Response to “Bicycle Accidents in Oregon Remind Us to Share the Road”

  1. Keagan Davisson

    Fantastic blog article.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

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