A 29-year-old male from Little Compton was recently arrested after he struck two bicyclists while driving drunk in Tiverton, according to NBC News.
Around 8pm, the driver hit a 30-year-old Little Compton male and a 35-year-old Tiverton woman near Main Road in Tiverton. Both cyclists were taken to Rhode Island Hospital to be treated for their personal injuries.
Police state that the woman suffered from serious injuries, but the male had to be flown to Rhode Island Hospital with life-threatening injuries – he is now in stable condition.
The driver failed a series of sobriety tests and was charged with two counts of DWI involving serious bodily injury – 1st offense and one count of duty to stop at an accident resulting in personal injury.
Everyone knows how dangerous a car accident can be, but not many people are aware of how much someone could be impacted from a bicycle accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 783 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2017. The NHTSA also found that the average age of bicyclists involved in an accident were around 47-years-old, close to the ages of the two cyclists mentioned above.
By law, bicycles on the roadway share the same rights and responsibilities as cars and other motorized vehicles. When riding along other vehicles that are much larger, it’s best to follow these safety tips:
- Drive with the flow in the same direction as traffic
- Obey street signs, signals, and road markings – just like a car
- Look ahead for hazards or situations to avoid that may cause you to fall (pebbles, potholes, tracks)
- Avoid texting, listening to music, or using anything that distracts your eyes and ears or your mind off the road
If you are a bicyclist and get into an accident due to a negligent driver, our experienced legal team at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC can assist. We have helped many bicyclists get the compensation they deserve for their personal injuries.
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