Last week, a teen cyclist was sideswiped by an SUV. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened as the teen was headed to the North Carolina Glass Center in the River Arts District. The teen reported that a tan SUV honked at him, and it startled him, so he moved over, thinking he was getting out of the large vehicle’s way. The SUV then moved into his space and sideswiped him, knocking him momentarily airborne and then onto the roadway. The teen was bruised, suffered from road rash and was obviously a little shaken up.
Asheville Cyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run
The driver of the SUV told the teen that he called the cops, but they said they didn’t need to come and that it was fine. The driver then shook the injured teen’s hand and left the scene. At the time, the teen took the driver for his word and didn’t know that the police should have and would have come to the scene if they were actually called. Days later, when he went to file a police report, he learned that the driver lied about calling the authorities. This was the second hit-and-run incident involving a cyclist in Asheville in the past couple of weeks.
U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts
- In 2014, 726 cyclists were killed in crashes across the U.S.
- An estimated 50,000 cyclists were injured in 2014.
- In 2014, 19 cyclists were killed in collisions in North Carolina.
- Over the past decade, the average age of cyclists killed in crashes has increased from 39 to 45 years old.
- 71 percent of all cyclists who died in crashes in 2014 died in urban areas.
Bicycle Accident Injuries in Asheville
Cyclists remain one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in the U.S. With distracted driving on the rise and dangerous, aggressive and impaired drivers on roadways in North Carolina and across the nation, cyclists, pedestrians and all other law-abiding motorists are at great risk for injury causing and potentially fatal crashes.
If you have been injured or if a cyclist you love has been injured or killed by a dangerous, distracted or impaired driver in Asheville, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.