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Raleigh Bike Crash in Tractor-Trailer Accident


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8/6/2012
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steven jordan bike crashNorth Carolina bike rider and mental health services director, Steven Jordan, was killed in a Raleigh bike accident on the 4th of July. A logging truck driver, Clifton Ellis, was unable to change lanes before colliding with Jordan.

 

The truck-bike accident happened in mid-afternoon on highly traveled Louisburg Road. Jordan had been following all appropriate bike safety measures, according to local news reports. Even with proper helmet gear, reflective wear and ideal weather conditions, accidents will still happen. Had the truck been traveling at the speed limit, which was 50 MPH, Jordan would have been thrown further from the bike than 50 feet, which is how far he landed from the accident with the truck traveling at only 35 MPH.

 

Investigations are underway. If Ellis, the tractor-trailer driver, is found to be negligent for the accident, Jordan’s family will be entitled to compensation for his death. According to local news reports, Jordan had worked in the mental health services field for thirty years. He was the state director of programs for people with disabilities and multiple behavioral health departments.

 

The only way to effectively prevent bike accidents that involve car or truck collisions is to encourage bike riders you know to ride the hundreds of miles of greenways in the Triangle area instead of riding on the road. Bike accidents still happen on the greenways, from collisions with other bikers to bike falls, but the risk of being severely injured or killed because of a vehicle crash is far less if not nonexistent for bike riders who stick to greenway trails.



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