According to a news article by the TribLive.com website, there have been a wave of bicycle accidents on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh. As stated in the article, there have been two fatal bicycle crashes in a week on Penn Avenue in the East End. Although it is legal to ride bicycles on that street, it has become a dangerous part of the city to bike through due to the road traffic. Bike Pittsburgh, a large interest group for cyclists, was also simultaneously preparing for one of Pennsylvania's biggest cycling events that weekend. Yesterday, "more than 3,000 cyclists rode in Pedal Pittsburgh, which kicks off a two-week-long BikeFest celebration. BikeFest features shared-road-type events, which means motorists should be aware of many more bicyclists on the streets and will encounter more group rides than usual." One bicyclist interviewed in Pittsburgh said that he rides Penn Avenue twice a week, and every time he rides there, he almost gets hit. He has also been hit three times, once on Penn Avenue.
As the summer weather improves, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving this summer, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run this summer, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office.