An Erie bicyclist was injured when struck by a careless driver near the intersection of Westlake Road and Asbury Road in Millcreek Township yesterday. Authorities report the Pennsylvania bicycle accident occurred near 7:30 a.m. when the driver of a pickup truck struck a bicyclist in the west bound lanes of West Lake Road. The Erie bicyclist was taken to UPMC Hamot with injuries that are reported as not life-threatening.
By report, both the Erie bicyclist and the driver were westbound. The facts of the accident are not yet clear but the pick-up truck driver was reportedly cited for careless driving. Because of the common direction of the vehicles, the facts suggest the possibility that the driver failed to maintain the legally required 4 foot wide safety cushion.
As a reminder to drivers and bicyclists alike, a recent Pennsylvania law requires that bicyclists keep to the right side of the road AND requires that motorists must not pass a bicycle unless the motorist can maintain at least 4 feet of safe distance between the bicyclist and the automobile. Motorists are permitted to cross a double yellow center line, if reasonably safe to do so, in order to comply with the 4 feet safety cushion requirement. Motorists are not permitted to pass a bicyclist, no matter how slow the bicyclist, if the motorist cannot be certain of allowing at least four feet of safe distance. Motorists are never permitted to force a bicyclist off the road in Pennsylvania.
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