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Hanson KY Cyclist Injured in Madisonville Rear-End Bicycle Crash

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A car crash in Hopkins County sent one cyclist to a local hospital on July 27, 2018.
 
According to Lex18, this crash happened on Anton Road just before 11:30AM. Allegedly, a driver traveling west struck a cyclist from behind. First-responders immediately transported the cyclist to a local hospital. Thankfully, doctors believe this crash victim will survive.

The driver involved in this crash remained on the scene of the crime and is now working with investigators.

Cyclist Injuries and Rear End Accidents

We just wrote about a new Kentucky law 48 hours ago which requires drivers to give cyclists 3′ of space. It will take some time to raise awareness of this new law, and hopefully it will help reduce rear-end accidents. Rear-end bicycle crashes are some of the most devastating collisions a cyclist can be in as they are often propelled over the handlebars. Sometimes cyclists are even launched into oncoming traffic. 

Even if cyclists are wearing safety gear, it’s more likely they will die or be seriously injured in a car accident compared with the driver. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that cyclists make up a little over 2 percent of all traffic fatalities in the USA. Over 70 percent of these fatal accidents happened in heavily industrialized areas and almost 85 percent of the crash victims were men in their mid to late 50s.

As more Americans are cycling to and from work, it’s more important than ever for motorists to be extra vigilant while driving. This is especially true at intersections, which is where many cyclist accidents take place. Drivers should always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and cyclist and take extra time to scan the roads before making any sharp turns.
 
For their part, cyclists can reduce the chance of getting involved in an injury by wearing bright clothing and placing lights or reflectors on their bikes. It’s also a smart idea to wear a helmet at all times while on a bicycle. In Kentucky, Children under 18-years-old are required to wear a helmet when riding.

Injured As A Cyclist? Get The Tiger.

If a driver hits a cyclist who is using a bike lane or at the far right side of the road, it’s very likely that the driver will be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit against him or her.

While Madisonville and Hanson are great towns full of great people and most have no desire to sue anyone, it is important to note that most big insurers have their best interests in mind, not yours. After any major injury be sure to at least contact an attorney for a free consultation to make sure you are adequately compensated for your future medical expenses and other damages.

Please feel free to call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC for a free and confidential consultation at (800) 937-8443. We represent clients everywhere in Kentucky, including Hopkins County. 

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