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Bike and truck collide; biker seriously injured

Residents and visitors in Iowa often will enjoy a walk outside or a nice bike ride in residential areas or city streets. These activities are done for enjoyment or as a mode for transportation, but riding a bike or traveling by foot can pose some risks. This is especially true for those traveling near roads or where vehicles frequent. When a bike accident occurs, the biker could be seriously injured or killed by the impact from the vehicle. This makes it crucial that drivers and bikers follow the rules of the road and are aware of each other.

A vehicle recently collided with a bicyclist in Spencer. The collision occurred around 9:55 a.m. when a truck that was traveling eastbound on West Eighth Street collided with a bicyclist that was traveling north of First Avenue West.

According to preliminary reports, the bike that the 18-year-old was traveling on was a stunt bike and did not have breaks. This caused the biker to run a stop sign and strike the passenger side of the truck. Emergency crews arrived to the scene and transported the biker to the hospital by helicopter. No injuries were reported to the truck driver.

The accident is still under investigation, and only preliminary investigation suggests that the biker caused the accident. Further investigation could determine whether the truck driver contributed to the crash or could have avoided a collision. This could help determine proper fault and liability. If the driver is at fault or partially at fault, the biker could seek compensation. A personal injury suit could be filed in order to cover medical bills, damages and pain and suffering.

Whether a person is traveling my car, truck, bike or foot, it is important to be aware of those around you. This means being alert and avoiding distractions such as texting while driving. Those affected by a negligent driver should understand their rights and options, especially if they seek compensation.

Source: KIWA Radio, "Spencer Teen Injured, Transported By Helicopter To Sioux Falls Hospital After Bike Accident," Sept. 30, 2013

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