Teen Injured in Waco Bicycle Accident

Bicycle accidents in Central Texas continue to plague the region as a 14-year-old boy was struck by a car in a Waco bicycle accident on Saturday.

According to police, Riley Nelson Abbott, 14, was struck by an SUV while crossing near the intersection of Gholson Road and Lake Shore Drive in Waco.

Officials said the teen was struck as the driver of the SUV attempted to turn at the intersection.

While many of the recent bicycle accidents have involved serious cyclists, teens and adults using bicycles for transportation or less-serious recreation are not immune from some of the risks associated with sharing the roads with motor vehicles.

Despite the responsibility drivers have to watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, there are some things cyclists can do to safeguard themselves and one another while riding in groups.

1. Always wear protective and safety gear, including a helmet that coincides with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Some of the recommendations made by SafeKids.org include:

2. Ride with traffic, not against it.

3. Follow the same signals, signs and lights that surrounding vehicles follow.

4. When riding at night or as the sun comes up or goes down, use a light and reflectors to make sure drivers can see you.

5. Wear bright and reflective clothing and accessories to improve your visibility.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a Waco bicycle accident, call our bicycle and pedestrian accident attorneys in Austin, Bryan-College Station, Temple and statewide Texas at 254-870-3621, contact our cyclist accident lawyers online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our personal injury law firm in Texas for a free consultation today.

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