August 1, 2022

Starkville, MS - Two Cyclists Hospitalized After Being Hit by Driver at Hwy 12 and Aspen Rd

Starkville, MS (July 31, 2022) - Two bicyclists were hospitalized after they were hit by a driver in Starkville on Monday, July 25th. 

The incident took place at about 9:00 p.m. in the area of Aspen Road and Highway 12.

Officers from the Starkville Police Department on the scene said that one patient was med-flighted to a hospital outside of the area. The other was admitted to Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center. The current conditions of both riders are unknown. 

The crash remains under investigation.

Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Bicycle Accidents in Mississippi

, Starkville, MS - Two Cyclists Hospitalized After Being Hit by Driver at Hwy 12 and Aspen Rd, Germany Law Firm PLLC

Some of the more common causes of accidents involving cyclists include:  

  • Distracted driving: This applies to both bicycle riders and motorists. Drivers who are distracted due to sending text messages, talking on the phone, drinking, eating, or trying to read directions can easily miss a bicycle rider on the roadway. The same can be said of cyclists if they are looking at their phones or adjusting their headphones. Even one second of inattention means taking your eyes off of the roadway and overlooking a pothole, an automobile, or some other hazard.
  • Speeding: Speeding vehicles are a danger to everybody on the roadway, especially pedestrians and people riding bikes. The consequences that come with speeding are often magnified by the landscape, inclement weather conditions, various road hazards, and how much traffic is in the area at the time of the incident.
  • Riding too close to a lane: Accidents are difficult to evade when automobiles try to pass too closely to someone riding a bike. According to the law in Mississippi, motorists are required to leave no less than three feet of room when passing riders.
  • Dooring: Mississippi law also states that drivers should never open their vehicle doors unless they can do so safely and without interrupting the flow of traffic. This law is designed to help stop a particular kind of accident known as a dooring accident. Dooring accidents take place when an oblivious driver opens their vehicle door and strikes a cyclist or causes a rider to crash into the door or into another vehicle.

While the overwhelming majority of bicycle accidents take place in metropolitan areas, these incidents can happen anywhere at any time.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published several notable bicycle crash statistics including:

  • Over 70% of bike fatalities take place in more populated areas while less than 30% happen in rural locations
  • Roughly 30% of bike accidents take place at intersections
  • Just under 60% of bicycle crashes occur outside of intersections
  • Only 4% of bicycle collisions actually take place inside a designated bike lane 

If you or a relative has been hurt in a bicycle accident, the Morton bike accident attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC are prepared to protect your rights. We have the experience and the ability you will need in order to obtain the economic recovery the law says you deserve. 

If you were hurt or lost a loved one due to the recklessness or negligence of another driver, then we encourage you to have your claim assessed. Contact our personal injury attorneys in Mississippi by calling (601) 487-0555 to schedule your free consultation. 

Note: The information provided within these posts has been gathered from outside sources, for Germany Law Firm, PLLC, and, as such, has not been independently verified. All provided information has been gathered from secondary sources including news bulletins and other first-hand accounts. If you find any information that is incorrect or you would like this post to be removed, please contact our law firm immediately so that we can correct the story or remove it entirely from the website.

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. 

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