Last week was National Bike Safety Week, and on May 16, Hernando cyclists took to the streets in a Ride of Silence to raise awareness for bicycle safety on Mid-South roadways.

The ride took place in silence to remember people who have been killed because of bicycle accidents on the road. With a police escort guiding the group and taps played at the beginning, it was a somber occasion.

Similar Rides of Silence happened all over the country on the same day, but in Hernando recent news made the ride even more timely. Two weeks ago, a physician from Attala County in Mississippi was killed while biking the Natchez Trace when a teenager hit him with a truck.

Mississippi law gives cyclists the same rights on the road as motorists. In addition, following the death of a Tupelo teen cyclist, the state passed a law requiring a 3-foot “buffer” to protect bikers.

The recent increase in bicycle use nationwide has led to severe injuries and even death as motorists forget to be careful or fail to use the road in a way safe for cyclists. Many roadways don’t have bike lanes or even sidewalks, leaving cyclists with few safe options.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, our Memphis area PI lawyers can help. Contact us online or give us a call at 901-327-1212.

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(Photo: Michal Zacharzewski)