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Shoreline, Washington – Bicyclist Injured After Getting Hit by Car In Parking Lot

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Posted on May 1, 2019

Shoreline, Washington (April 30, 2019) – A cyclist was truck by a car as he was riding his bike on the sidewalk at Northeast 175th Street around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The accident happened near 15th Avenue Northeast. The 16 year-old cyclist suffered relatively minor injuries, specifically a broken arm and road rash, but he was conscious and alert after the collision. He was not wearing a helmet when the accident happened.

According to the police, the driver of the car was using a parking lot to beat the red light and cut across the sidewalk in front of the teen, causing the crash. The teen’s bike was pulled under the car from the crash, but he was able to escape with said injuries. The driver will be cited after the incident, but not arrested.

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. Any mistakes in judgement can lead to accidents, injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.