A fatal bicycle accident in Idaho Falls claimed the life of one and left another in critical condition. A car hit the two bicyclists while they were group riding in the Idaho Falls area on Wednesday evening. The accident happened on Highway 26 when a vehicle driven westbound by and Idaho falls woman hit two women cyclists riding in the same direction. One cyclist was pronounced dead at the hospital, the other is currently in the hospital in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigation is ongoing.
According to the Idaho transportation department, 2 bicyclists were killed in 2014 while 305 total were involved in rashes. 43 bicyclists had either fatal or serious injuries. Idaho does not have a law that sets a specific distance for a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle. In general, the passing of a bicycle or group of cyclists in Idaho is governed by general traffic laws, which means left-hand passing. There is also no helmet law in place in Idaho, as well as no definition of who is “vulnerable road user.” In general, this means that extra care and precaution should be taken when sharing the road (especially a highway) with bicyclists.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare outlines safety tips for bicyclists sharing the road, including using taillights or brightly colored clothing to help with visibility and a headlamp when riding at night. However, for a more extensive detailed list of danger situations when sharing the road as a cyclist, please check out this website which diagrams specific scenarios in which collisions with motor vehicles are more likely to occur: http://bicyclesafe.com. For more safety information you can also check www.bikingexpert.com
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