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Bicycle rider suffers serious head injury in collision with car.

October 18, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

The Brant News recently reported that a cyclist was taken to Hamilton Hospital after the bicycle rider collided with a car on Eagle Place in Brantford.  The bicycle rider collided with a Hyundai car at the intersection of Eagle Avenue and Greenwich Street in Brantford.   The bicycle rider was in stable condition but did suffer a serious head injury.  The driver of the car was not hurt.

It is important that all parties take their time when travelling on the roads and that all parties observe the rules of the road.  Without knowing the particulars of this incident, car drivers have to take their time and observe all aspects around an intersection.  They need to be aware of not only cars, motorcycles and other vehicles travelling on the roadways, but also what may be on the sidewalks, particularly in the direction that they wish to proceed.  This means watching for pedestrians crossing the road and taking a wider look for any bicycles that may be entering the intersection, either on the road or on the sidewalk.  It is very common to see bicycles riding on the sidewalks and not stopping at the intersection or being attentive for cars that may have initiated a turn into the crosswalk that they are about to proceed through.  Bicycle riders on the sidewalk should stop at all intersections and should walk their bike across the sidewalk if they are on the sidewalk entering into the intersection.  If they are on the roadway and entering the intersection they can proceed along at their usual and normal speed.  However, it would probably be prudent for the bicycle rider to watch for any turning vehicles and may want to make eye contact with the car driver, if possible, to determine the car driver’s intentions.  Patience and communication, verbal and non-verbal, are important tools for all parties on the road and sidewalk.  Even considering all of that, you could be the most patient and observant person on the roadway, if others do not adopt the same approach then you are vulnerable to the actions of others.  Be cautious, drive defensively and take your time on the road.

Posted under Bicycle Accidents, Car Accidents, Fractures, Motorcycle Accidents, Personal Injury

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