Pine Belt, MS – Cyclist Critical After Being Struck by Driver on US-84’Mississippi Legal News
Pine Belt, MS (June 18, 2022) – A man was left in critical condition after he was struck by the driver of a passenger vehicle while he was out riding his bicycle in Jones County on Wednesday, June 15th.
Reports from the Mississippi Highway Patrol show that the incident took place at about 12:00 a.m. on US-84 when a 1992 Buick Roadmaster traveling eastbound collided with the westbound cyclist.
The victim was transported by paramedics to the ICU at Forrest General Hospital.
The driver of the Buick was unharmed during the impact.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Causes of Mississippi Bicycle Accidents
While an excessive number of bicycle accidents happen in developed, metropolitan areas, they can occur any time, anywhere.
Some of the most frequent causes of bicycle accidents in Mississippi are:
- Riding too close to a lane: Accidents are almost sure to happen anytime a motor vehicle passes too close to a person riding a bike. Mississippi law requires motorists to leave at least three feet of space between them and a cyclist, even when they are trying to pass.
- Distracted driving: This infraction can be committed by both drivers and bicycle riders. Drivers who are distracted by text messages, phone calls, consuming food and drink, or attempting to read directions can easily overlook a cyclist on the roadway. The same is true of cyclists if they are engaged with their phones or concentrating on their headphones. Even one moment of inattention involves taking your eyes off the road and missing a vehicle, a pothole, or some other peril.
- Speeding: Drivers who disregard the speed limit pose a threat to everyone on the roadway, particularly cyclists and pedestrians. The repercussions that accompany speeding are usually exacerbated by inclement weather conditions, the landscape, road hazards, and what traffic is like at the time of the incident.
If you were hurt or lost a family member due to the recklessness, dereliction, or negligence of another person, then we urge you to have your claim assessed. Contact our personal injury lawyers in Mississippi by calling (601) 487-0555 to schedule your free consultation.
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Disclaimer: At Germany Law Firm, PLLC, we provide the information found in these accident reports as a resource for families who have been in similar situations and to raise awareness about the dangers of driving. We would also like to honor the victims who have been injured or lost their life as a result of a Mississippi accident and hope that the information reported will help prevent future accidents. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.