During the early morning hours of Thursday, June 19, two bicyclists were injured in separate motor-vehicle related crashes, leaving one hospitalized and the other with possible internal damage.
In the Sequoyah County crash, a bicyclist was struck at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Highway 64 near Roland. Investigators do not yet have details as to the cause of the accident, but Oklahoma Highway Patrol was called to the scene, along with Muldrow and Roland police departments.
The cyclist is currently recovering in the hospital and investigators continue to piece together the events leading to the crash.
In Farmington, a second crash took place at an unspecified hour of the morning, though this cyclist was reportedly hit by a truck. When the rider attempted to cross Main Street they were struck by a pickup truck, according to reports from the Farmington Fire Department.
At the time of the report the severity of the cyclist’s injuries were yet to be determined, but the bike rider did go to the hospital to check for damage to internal organs.
During the warm summer months, children and adults are more likely to be injured in a bicycle-motor vehicle accident, simply because there are more bicyclists on the road.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that in 2008, Arkansas bicycle accidents only made up .8 percent of all traffic fatalities. What this really means is that five people out for a ride on a bicycle died that year, in a situation that very likely could have been avoided.
If you or someone you love have been injured in a bike accident with a vehicle, consider consulting an auto accident attorney. You may have a compensable claim, and filing it may be the best way to bring the negligent party to justice for what has happened.