A recent spike in the number of collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles in Springfield and other Missouri cities has left officials baffled as to the cause, according to a recent article from KSPR.
The most recent Springfield bicycle accident involved a bicyclist who collided with a car at the intersection of Glenstone and St. Louis Street. The serious crash happened just blocks from the site of another bicycle accident only a few weeks before - one that took the life of the cyclist involved.
Springfield police say they aren’t certain what has led to the recent increase in car-bike crashes, but they point out that inattention, distraction, and complacency can easily lead to a situation in which a motorist or bicyclist does not notice an upcoming hazard in time to stop. They remind Missourians that bicycles have the same right to use the road as cars, as long as bicyclists obey all the same rules of the road as cars. Both bicyclists and motorists need to be alert for one another in order to avoid accidents.