Constance Holden, 68, died on April 12 after she was in a Washington DC bicycle collision with a five-ton truck. The Washington DC truck crash occurred at the intersection of 12th Street and New York Avenue, NW.
The truck involved in the catastrophic traffic accident was a DC National Guard truck. The vehicle was doing motorcade security work for the Nuclear Security Summit.
The cause of the Washington DC truck accident has yet to be determined. The National Guard vehicle was accompanied by a human escort as it made its way through crowds.
Washington DC Bicycle Accidents
Without air bags, seat belts, and the body of a motor vehicle to protect a cyclist from the impact of collision, he or she is at risk of serious injury in the event of a traffic crash. Wearing a bicycle helmet and protective clothing is not enough to prevent serious injuries and deaths.
While bicyclist negligence is a common cause of bicycle crashes, many bicycle injuries and deaths happen because the driver of the vehicle involved was negligent, reckless, distracted, or careless. Unfortunately, many motorists forget that they share the roads with pedalcyclists, and they may not watch out for them or notice when they are there.
Common causes of bicycle crashes involving negligent drivers:
• Pulling out onto street in front of a pedalcyclist
• Attempting to turn in front of the bicyclist
• Driver inattention
• Distracted driving
• Failure to yield at an intersection
• Failure to stop at a red light
• Running a stop sign
• Neglecting to look both ways before proceeding
• Drunk driving
• Following too closely
• Driving under the influence of drugs
• Texting while driving
• Talking on a cell phone
Bicyclist Dies in Collision With DC Guard Truck, NBC Washington, April 13, 2010
Cyclist killed in collision with nuclear summit motorcade, CNN, April 13, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Bicycle Map, District Department of Transportation
Bicycles, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The best way to determine and prove that another party should be held liable for your DC bicycle accident injuries or your loved one’s wrongful death is to speak with an experienced Washington DC personal injury law firm.