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Pennsylvania bicyclist killed in truck accident

Riding a bicycle can be a great way to get around and it can be great cardiovascular exercise for Berks County residents. It is environmentally friendly and it can be a good way to avoid paying for gasoline and car repair and maintenance. Unfortunately, there are some real-world dangers associated with bicycle riding. One Pennsylvania bicyclist fell victim to these dangers.

The woman was riding her commuter bicycle in Philadelphia on November 28 when, according to news reports, a garbage truck entered the bike lane she was riding in. She was killed in the ensuing truck accident.

The woman was the executive pastry chef at a Philadelphia restaurant. She had served in the role since June. She was a recent transplant who chose to make bicycling her primary mode of transportation. The woman's boss expressed shock at her death and remembered the woman as a talented pastry chef and a nice, friendly person. She is survived by her parents and two brothers.

Although many hours of training are needed to gain any kind of driver's license, truck drivers are expected to be thoroughly trained in the safe operation of large commercial vehicles. Given that commercial vehicles are large and heavy, and given that these vehicles often have poor sightlines, truck drivers are expected to know how to operate their vehicles so as to avoid easily preventable truck accidents. Truck companies and truck owners are expected to have reasonably safe and well-trained drivers on staff. Liability may be found if any of these parties are proved to have breached these duties.

Source: The Inquirer, "Parents of Center City bicycle crash victim: Don't let her death be in vain," Avalon R. Zoppo, Patricia Madej & Joseph A. Gambardello, Nov. 29, 2017

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