NC Mental Health Director Killed in Bicycle Accident
Steven Jordan, director of North Carolina’s Division of Mental Health, died Wednesday afternoon after his bicycle was hit by a tractor trailer. The accident occurred at the intersection of Louisburg and Perry Creek Roads, and the driver of the truck was not injured. Police are still investigating the cause of accident and have not released any word as to whether any charges will be filed.
Bicycle safety, like pedestrian safety, is an important issue for both cyclists and drivers, particularly during summer months when there are more cyclists on the road. Drivers must be aware of pedestrians and cyclists around them; however, it is also important that cyclists take precautions to protect themselves, especially at busy intersections and other high-traffic areas.
Here are a few safe cycling tips from the League of American Bicyclists:
1. Follow the law.
Your safety and the image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
2. Be predictable.
Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
3. Be conspicuous.
Ride where drivers can see you; wear bright clothing. Use a front white light and red rear light and reflectors at night or when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t ride on sidewalks.
4. Think ahead.
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other bicyclists will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and utility covers. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
5. Ride Ready.
Check your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release wheel levers are closed. Carry repair and emergency supplies appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
6. Keep your cool.
Road rage benefits no-one and always makes a bad situation worse.
If you are involved in an accident involving a bicycle, it’s crucial to know your rights. Contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood today for a free consultation.
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