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Fatal bicycle-truck crash in Virginia Beach (VA) prompts memorial ride

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In the wake of a fatal crash involving a bicyclist in Virginia Beach earlier this year, 200 bicyclists rode through the oceanfront city over the weekend to promote bicycle safety.

The ride came after the April 19 death of bicyclist Daniel Wayne Hersh. The veteran cyclist and former Navy SEAL died when he was struck from behind while riding on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach (VA), The Virginian-Pilot reported.

Ride organizer Bill Hart told the newspaper that Shore Drive is unsafe for everyone but motorists. "People are not only getting killed, but they’re getting injured, disabled, and we need to do something about it," he said.

Hersh’s tragic death was not the only among bicyclists in Virginia Beach (VA) in recent months. Another cyclist was struck and killed on Witchduck Road. There have been 16 auto versus bicycle accidents from January through mid-April, according to the Virginia Beach Police Department.

Virginia Beach is adding a bike trail that will connect the oceanfront boardwalk with the rest of the city, according to this YouTube video from WAVY-TV.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, bicyclists can take a number of steps to say safe. The DOT recommends that riders obey traffic control devices, use proper hand signals, ride with the flow of traffic, wear a helmet and brightly-colored clothing, and pass vehicles safely.

The DOT also recommends that cyclists ride defensively, be aware of motor vehicle blind spots, exercise great caution in bus traffic, and walk your bicycle when you get into traffic situations beyond your cycling abilities.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the Northeast North Carolina (NC) border, practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. The firm’s website is: hsinjurylaw.com, the firm edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.

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