Boulder Cyclist Killed in Accident Ran Stop Sign, Cops Say
A 60-year-old man who was killed when his bicycle was struck by a car in Boulder ran a stop sign in the moments leading up to the crash, according to local police.
The unidentified man was hit by the car while traveling on South Boulder Road near Manhattan Circle, according to Colorado Daily. The driver remained on the scene of the crash, while the cyclist was taken to Boulder Hospital and pronounced dead.
Boulder police say video footage shows the man leaving a PDQ on Manhattan Circle and riding through the parking lot, The Denver Post reports. He then tried to cross South Boulder Road at Manhattan Circle, but blew through a stop sign at the intersection and was struck by the sedan.
A police spokeswoman said the car driver was not charged for his role in the accident. She also said that police did not believe that alcohol was involved in the crash.
Bike Hazards and Safety Tips
The fatal accident is yet another reminder of the risk that comes with hopping on a bike, even for the most experienced and cautious cyclists.
Although bicycle accidents happen far less frequently than car crashes in Denver, for example, they are significantly more likely to result in serious injury. Bicyclists are particularly prone to injury when accidents happen because there is little to protect them from oncoming cars or to soften the blow when a collision occurs.
The Boulder accident follows another recent, tragic crash in Denver. A bicyclist was killed after being struck by two different cars. The drivers of the vehicles fled the scene but were later tracked down and arrested.
More than 13,700 bicycle accidents involving cars were reported statewide over the last 10 years, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Cyclists were not at fault in about 59% of those cases, KUNC found in an analysis of the data.
Fortunately, there are a number of steps cyclists can take to protect themselves on the road. It starts with wearing a helmet and ensuring that your bike and other equipment are working properly. Cyclists can also go a long way in preventing accidents by making sure they are visible, complying with traffic signs and signals, and riding in a predictable manner.
Still, accidents can and do happen, whether they are caused by a cyclist who runs a red light or a negligent driver who pushes the bike off the road. It is vital that anyone injured in a bicycle crash seek the advice of an experienced attorney.
Speak With a Denver Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle, car, or other accident in Colorado, an experienced Denver injury attorney at Levine Law can help you seek the maximum available compensation from those responsible (and their insurers).
Our Denver accident attorneys combine decades of experience helping people injured in a wide range of accidents get the money they deserve. We have a strong track record of success for the people that we represent in the courtroom and through negotiated settlements.
Our lawyers are pleased to serve clients throughout Colorado, including in Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins and Loveland. Call us at 303-333-8000 or contact us online to speak with a Denver injury attorney.