According to a report from WDEL News, a bicyclist was killed in a tragic early morning crash in New Castle County. The victim, Daniel Bacsik, 18, was reportedly struck by a minivan in Newark, DE in an intersection crash. The fatal bicycle accident is still under a comprehensive investigation by police.
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents remain a serious public safety hazard. Too many cyclists are injured, or worse, killed, in traffic collisions each year. Here, our Delaware bicycle accident lawyer explains the risks that bicyclists face and offers actionable safety tips that you can use.
Know the Data: Bicycle Accidents
Too many cyclists suffer severe, even life-threatening harm in motor vehicle accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 1,000 bicyclists are killed and more than 130,000 bicyclists are injured in traffic collisions each year.
Four Safety Tips for Cyclists in Delaware
Cycling is a delightful way to travel, exercise, and explore the local community. Unfortunately, Delaware’s infrastructure leaves plenty to be desired when it comes to bicycle safety. It is imperative that individual cyclists take proactive measures to protect themselves from the risk posed by cars. Here are four actionable safety tips that bicyclists can implement today:
- Wear a Helmet Every Time You Ride: Helmets reduce the risk of brain injuries and save lives. All cyclists in Delaware should wear a bicycle safety helmet each and every time they ride. Even though adults are not legally required to wear a bicycle helmet in Delaware, it is an absolutely vital safety practice.
- Obey All Traffic Regulations: Cyclists should adhere to all traffic laws and signals just like any other vehicle on the road. For example, imagine that you ride your bike up to a red light. Be sure to comply with that stop light. Not only are cyclists required to comply with traffic safety regulations in Delaware, it is a crucial safety practice. Following the law dramatically reduces your risk of being involved in a traffic collision.
- Try to Ride With the Flow of Traffic: You should always ride with the flow of traffic. Doing so enhances your visibility. It allows motorists to notice your presence and anticipate movements better.
- Be Especially Cautious After Dark: If you find yourself cycling after dark in Delaware, take extra precautions. Unfortunately, the safety risk that bicyclists face skyrockets after sunset and before sunrise. Try to make yourself as visible as possible at all times. Among other things, cyclists should ensure that their bike is equipped with working front and rear lights. You should also wear reflective clothing to increase your visibility to others on the road.
Contact Our Delaware Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
At Freibott Law Firm, our Wilmington bicycle accident lawyer is a devoted advocate for justice. If you or your family member was hurt in a bike crash, we are ready to help you fight for full and fair financial compensation. Call us now at (302) 633-9000 or send us a message online for a free, no-obligation consultation. We handle bicycle accident injury claims throughout Delaware.