Drunk Pickup Driver Kills Baton Rouge Bicyclist on Plank Road

Over the weekend, a 45-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed by a drunk driver in a Toyota T100 pickup truck. The bicycle accident took place on Plank Road at 2:30 am on Sunday morning. Police arrested the driver, charging him with DWI, reckless operation and vehicular homicide.

This comes in the wake of a number of fatal bicycle accidents this year, and marks a tragic end to Bike to Work Week, part of a national initiative to promote pedestrian and bicycle friendly infrastructure.

A report released in August found Louisiana to be the third most deadly state for bicyclists. The report also found the rate of cyclists deaths among adults increased between 1975 and 2012. Bicyclists are twice as likely to die on U.S. roads as automobile occupants. One of the reasons for the increase in fatalities is the larger number of adult riders, who often drive more aggressively and on the road. On the other hand, child cycling has declined, and most children stick to sidewalks or designated bicycle paths in public parks.

Because of the risks associated with cycling, bikers should be aware of safe riding practices.

Tips to avoid a bicycle accident:

  • For night riding, wear reflective clothing and active lighting to improve your visibility
  • Use side or helmet mirrors to be aware of cars approaching from behind
  • Always wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head and brain injuries
  • Try to find alternative routes to avoid busy roads
  • Obey the rules of the road
  • Lastly, ride with a partner or group

Although bicyclists should practice defensive riding, they cannot control the behavior of reckless drivers who share the road with them. This especially true when dealing with drunk drivers.

If you or a loved one has been hit by a car while riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, experienced with a bicycle accident, today to speak to a representative. We will work to ensure you receive justice. Don’t wait. Call us today!