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Tacoma, Washington – Bicyclist Hit By Car Fleeing from Officers

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Posted on May 17, 2019

Tacoma, Washington (May 15, 2019) – A man riding on a bicycle was injured after getting hit by a car fleeing from police chase on East 66th Street. The bicyclist suffered a broken collarbone from the accident, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No one else was injured in the incident. The suspect driver was later caught.

The chase began around 9 p.m. when officers tried to pull over a speeding vehicle on the 4600 block of Portland Avenue. The driver fled the police, eventually reaching East 66th Street where the bicyclist was struck. The suspect was later captured and now faces multiple charges.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this incident has criminal involvement, it would help to keep in mind that any 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.

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