Sunday Bike Accident

8/4/2008:

Heard about this incident briefly on the Live Hoboken Police and Fire Scanner yesterday, but was otherwise occupied. However, one Hoboken411 reader witnessed the accident first hand and had this to say:

Scary bicycle accident: 14th and Hudson

“We were having an early dinner at Hudson Tavern when we witnessed a very scary bicycle accident that sent one woman to the hospital.

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Shortly after 6pm a man driving a Subaru was heading south on Hudson Street crossing the 14th Street intersection when his car collided with a woman on a bicycle heading east on 14th. The woman appeared to going at a pretty good clip when she collided with the car flipping up and over until she slammed into the ground. Customers eating at the restaurant jumped into action at the shocking scene, which was especially scary because the woman was NOT wearing a bike helmet.

Immediately concerns about head, neck, and spinal injuries came to mind as people yelled “Don’t move her!” while others stopped traffic and called for an ambulance.

Hoboken PD arrived quickly, followed by Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps and an EMT from Jersey City. After some consultation the woman was strapped to a board and could be seen wincing in pain when she was moved. She took a nasty spill made worse by her lack of head protection. The woman was seen moving here arms and legs, which is a good sign, though damage after the fact can be done if the accident victim is not handled correctly.

It was a very jarring scene to witness, and a reminder of why you really need to be mindful of traffic when you are on a bike in Hoboken. It was also a reminder of how quickly your life can change, and how truly unprotected you are if you don’t wear a helmet. Hopefully this woman is resting comfortably and will recover from her injuries!”

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35 Comments on "Sunday Bike Accident"

bradykp
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bradykp

this is all i found so far, which has the comment about unbelted backseat passengers increase the risk 5 times for front seat occupants.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seat_belt#Use_of_seat_belts_in_the_rear_seats

bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”97332″][quote comment=”97279″]Regarding seatbelts, yesterday I was driving friends to Costco and I noticed one guy in the back seat wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. I told him to put it on. He’s from Brooklyn and said, “Why should I? I’m in the back seat. Is this some dumb NJ law or something?” (I know it is in CA…need a NJ refresher.) I just replied, “No, its MY car’s law. I you want, you can walk.” He put it on. If I saved just one friend from stupidity, that’s cool. :lol:[/quote]
Actually if the person is over 5 foot 7 inches AND the back seat belt does not have a shoulder harness, then the person is at a statistically greater risk of injury AND death by wearing the seatbelt then not wearing it, including from minor rear-ending accidents. The lap belt is often the cause of severe internal injuries when not accompanied by a shoulder harness in proper use. This is why so many car manufactures now have shoulder harnesses in the back seat too. I hope your car does or you are needlessly risking people’s lives.[/quote]

can you please link to those stats? i want to see the studies that show that. because if lap belts are put on properly, which they often are not, i believe i’ve read that it’s better than not having a seatbelt. i find this very hard to believe.

Litterboken
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Litterboken

[quote comment=”97333″]Actually, the real reason so many car manufacturers now have shoulder belts in the rear seats is that starting with the 1990 model year, it became a mandate that all cars have shoulder belts in the outboard rear seats. So unless the old whip you’re crusing around in is an ’83 corolla, or you are cramming 3 adults in the back seat, chances are that your car has rear shoulder belts and you have no excuse not to use them.

Also, a number of states, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts come to mind locally, require that all passengers be belted in. Usually the driver can be issued a ticket in these states if one of the passengers is not belted in.[/quote]
[quote comment=”97333″]Actually, the real reason so many car manufacturers now have shoulder belts in the rear seats is that starting with the 1990 model year, it became a mandate that all cars have shoulder belts in the outboard rear seats. So unless the old whip you’re crusing around in is an ’83 corolla, or you are cramming 3 adults in the back seat, chances are that your car has rear shoulder belts and you have no excuse not to use them.

Also, a number of states, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts come to mind locally, require that all passengers be belted in. Usually the driver can be issued a ticket in these states if one of the passengers is not belted in.[/quote]

Thank you, Mr. Nader!
http://www.grist.org/feature/2008/03/19/nader/

hobojoe
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Actually, the real reason so many car manufacturers now have shoulder belts in the rear seats is that starting with the 1990 model year, it became a mandate that all cars have shoulder belts in the outboard rear seats. So unless the old whip you’re crusing around in is an ’83 corolla, or you are cramming 3 adults in the back seat, chances are that your car has rear shoulder belts and you have no excuse not to use them.

Also, a number of states, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts come to mind locally, require that all passengers be belted in. Usually the driver can be issued a ticket in these states if one of the passengers is not belted in.

HHoney
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HHoney

[quote comment=”97279″]Regarding seatbelts, yesterday I was driving friends to Costco and I noticed one guy in the back seat wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. I told him to put it on. He’s from Brooklyn and said, “Why should I? I’m in the back seat. Is this some dumb NJ law or something?” (I know it is in CA…need a NJ refresher.) I just replied, “No, its MY car’s law. I you want, you can walk.” He put it on. If I saved just one friend from stupidity, that’s cool. :lol:[/quote]
Actually if the person is over 5 foot 7 inches AND the back seat belt does not have a shoulder harness, then the person is at a statistically greater risk of injury AND death by wearing the seatbelt then not wearing it, including from minor rear-ending accidents. The lap belt is often the cause of severe internal injuries when not accompanied by a shoulder harness in proper use. This is why so many car manufactures now have shoulder harnesses in the back seat too. I hope your car does or you are needlessly risking people’s lives.

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