A family is grieving the loss of a loved one after a tragic bicycle crash in Spotsylvania, Virginia. A 49-year-old bicyclist was riding along Courthouse House Road in the eastbound lane around 2:30 a.m. when she was struck by a Volkswagen Passat. Sadly, her family members say she was known for her late night bike rides, though she did not have any reflectors or lights on her bicycle.
Our thoughts go out to the family of the victim at this difficult time. With the summer weather coming early, it's a great time of year for bike riding. And most people assume last night rides will be fairly safe, with little traffic on the road to interact with. But accidents can happen when we least expect them.
It is important that we remember to always wear proper safety gear when bicycling, particularly at night. Reflective clothing or lights on the bicycle might have saved this woman's life. Many bicyclists even choose to wear lights on their helmets, not only to help them see where they're going, but to highlight their presence on the road to other drivers.
With summer just around the corner, take the time to review bicycle safety laws with your family. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are 500,000 biking related injuries that require a hospital visit each year. More than 700 people die each year in bicycle crashes.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycling accident, consider consulting with our Virginia crash victim attorneys.