In August, a man riding in a Lancaster bicycle lane was struck and killed by a driver. According to reports, the man was traveling westbound in a bike lane on Avenue K in Lancaster when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle. The vehicle reportedly swerved to its right and made direct contact with the rider. The rider was transported to the hospital but died from his injuries. Police are still searching for witnesses who can help them to identify the hit and run driver.
Historically speaking, Lancaster has been a moderately safe city for bicyclists when compared to other cities of similar size and population. However, the number of fatal and injury-causing accidents in the city has been on the rise.
In 2010, there were 25 reported bike accidents in Lancaster. In 2013, there were 33 bicycle accidents in the city. By 2015, the number of serious accidents causing injury or death in Lancaster has surged to 58. That’s nearly a 210 percent increase in just six years. The most recent accident statistics tend to indicate that the city’s bike accident problem is not going away any time soon.
The city of Lancaster is well aware of its bicycle accident problem. As the number of bicyclists in the city increase, so do the number of accidents. The city has taken steps to make its roads safer for riders who choose alternative modes of transportation. Lancaster has unveiled and begun to implement its Master Plan of Trails and Bikeways. The Master Plan is intended to “guide the development of a pleasant, safe, and convenient non-motorized transportation network that everyone in Lancaster can use.” The Master Plan calls for new and improved bicycle lanes, dedicated bicycle lanes, bicycle-related signage and traffic signals, and the installation of additional bike racks. These are all features that have been proven to increase rider safety and decrease fatal accidents across the country.
Even though the city of Lancaster is taking steps to protect bicyclists, accidents can still happen. It’s important for everyone on the road, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers, to use caution when sharing the road. Safe riding habits can decrease the likelihood of a serious accident.
Here’s how to stay safe while riding a bike in Lancaster:
Accidents can happen even if you exercise caution and follow the rules of the road. It’s important to know that the things you do immediately after your accident can affect any future legal claims you decide to file. Keep these suggestions in mind if you are involved in a Lancaster bicycle accident.
Are you struggling with an injury after a Lancaster accident? Do you want to learn about your legal rights and options? Contact Joshua W. Glotzer, APC to speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today.
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