A 34-year-old Leamington cyclist died after a collision with a minivan on County Road 31 on March 17. According to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the accident happened around 10:30 p.m. in the Leamington area just south of Highway 3.
Police believe the man was riding his bicycle northbound on County Road 31, when he was struck by a 2004 Pontiac Montana also traveling northbound on County Road 31.
The 20-year-old driver of the minivan is not expected to receive any charges.
The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The portion of County Road 31 between Highway 3 and County Road 34 was closed for five hours while police investigated.
The Importance of Bicycle Safety
Although many bicycle accidents are the result of negligence on behalf of the driver of a motor vehicle, cyclists also have a responsibility to make sure they are seen by other drivers.
Bicyclists can best protect themselves from an accident by wearing protective gear like a helmet, bright colored and reflective clothing, and a flashing light.
It is also a cyclist’s responsibility to make sure they are riding where they are clearly visible by vehicles on the road. A bicyclist should make eye contact with approaching vehicles to make sure the vehicle knows they are there.
When a bicyclist is struck by a vehicle, serious injuries and death often result. Bicycles offer very little protection to riders, which is why it is of the utmost importance that motorists and cyclists are aware and attentive when driving.
If you or someone you love has been injured or died in an accident, our bicycle accident lawyers can help you recover the justice and compensation you deserve.
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