Pedestrian accidents involving bicyclists around Pittsburgh take place at an alarming rate. Last evening, bicyclists gathered for the tenth annual Pittsburgh "Ride of Silence." The ride, which started at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Schenley Drive Extension near the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland, remembers people who have been killed or injured while riding their bikes on Pittsburgh's public streets.
A memorial service for fallen bikers began at around 6:45 and the eleven-mile bike ride began at 7. The course included rides past five areas where people were hit while on their bikes. One of those spots is where an 8-year-old boy from Point Breeze was hit and seriously injured a little more than a year ago in April of 2013. Before the race, the boy had some incredibly inspiring words for the crowd of bicyclists.
The organizer of the Ride of Silence, a Pittsburgh man, was also seriously in a bicycle accident. In May of 2012, he was hit by a man with a suspended license at the intersection of Ligonier Street and Liberty Avenue near the Qwik Stop in Lawrenceville. The driver eventually pled guilty to two felony charges and was sent to jail. After the accident, the victim spent three weeks in a coma, was in the hospital for five months, and couldn't walk until seven months after he was hit.
If you were the victim of a pedestrian accident while on your bicycle, please call the personal injury attorneys at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. for a free consultation. Our Pittsburgh bicycle accident lawyers have been helping pedestrian accident victims and their families for more than twenty-five years. Call 800-777-4081 today.
Source: TribLive.com, "Battered bicyclists to talk at 'Ride of Silence' service in Oakland" 27 May 2014