An Oklahoma City teen that was seriously injured after being involved in an accident with a truck Friday morning has been identified and reunited with his family. According to KFOR News, the accident occurred at around 8:30 AM at the 1900 block of NE 23rd Street.
Police reports show that the boy was riding his bike through an intersection in the neighborhood streets when he was broadsided by a pickup truck. The boy could only whisper his first name to witnesses before slipping into unconsciousness. Posts on social networks about the accident helped reunited the 15-year-old with his family.
The teen suffered major head trauma and is listed in critical condition.
The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute reports that 630 cyclists died on US highways in 2009 and that 74 of those were young teens. They found that 44 percent of all nonfatal bicycle accidents also occurred to riders between the ages of five and 20. This accounts for approximately 22,000 of the reported injuries examined.
The Oklahoma bicycle accident attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers encourage motorists and cyclists to be courteous to one another and always share the road. The most common reason reported for collisions with cyclists is that the driver “did not see them.” That is why it is important to keep one another safe by always looking twice at intersections before proceeding.