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Aberdeen, Washington – Bicyclist Hospitalized After Getting Struck by Truck

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Posted on October 16, 2019

Aberdeen, Washington  (October 14, 2019) – A bicyclist was hospitalized after getting struck by a pickup truck at Simpson Avenue and North Jeffries Street on Monday afternoon. The patient was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital, and there has been no further word regarding his condition. No other injuries were reproted in the incident.

The Aberdeen Police Department responded to the scene around 1:15 p.m. According to their report, the woman driving the truck had stopped at the southbound stop sign on North Jeffries Street. When the traffic cleared, the woman crossed Simpson Avenue, and didn’t see the bicyclist going west against traffic. The bicycle struck the left front wheel and the rider fell to the ground. The accident caused the left lane of Simpson Avenue to be blocked until 1:45 p.m. as medics were preparing the bicyclist for transportation.

About Vehicle Accidents

Many of the things that apply to motorcycle accidents can also apply to bicycle accidents. Because a bicycle’s overall visibility is less than most other vehicles, drivers of other vehicles tend not to see cyclists in time.  This visibility problem makes bicycle rides at night especially risky. Unfortunately, because of a bicycle’s open nature, the risks of injuries are greater to a person on a bicycle than a person in a car. Injuries to the head are one of the risks, especially if the driver is not wearing a proper helmet. Limb injuries are also common. Much like any other vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents can easily come out of lapse of attention and careless maneuvers.  It is important to always observe proper driving and consideration for other vehicles considering all these risks in mind.

While bicycles are a much-depended means of transportation, drivers should consider factors such as speed, number of other vehicles on the road, the road conditions and weather to ensure their safety while out and about. Be especially cautious when driving at night, as with any other vehicle. It would also help to be aware of any fixed objects in the area to avoid crashing into them. Any mistakes in judgement can lead to accidents, injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.