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Yakima, Washington – Bicyclist Injured After Getting Run Over by Car

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Posted on January 7, 2020

Yakima, Washington (January 3, 2020) – A bicyclist was injured after getting struck by a car on the 200 block of East Yakima Avenue on Friday afternoon. According to the report from KIMA News, police found the victim, Luis Hernandez, lying on his back on the sidewalk. While Hernandez refused an ambulance to the hospital, he was reported to have taken himself to the hospital later. The driver later admitted the incident to the police and has been arrested.

According to the report, a 65 year-old man driving a gold Prius has been at the ATM when he saw Hernandez riding towards him. The man admitted that he got angry at Hernandez for staring at him, and intentionally ran the bicyclist over. The driver has been arrested for investigation of second-degree assault.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this incident is of criminal cause, vehicle incidents of other causes can also result in injuries fatalities. 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.