Location: Oklahoma

Police Learn to Analyze Accidents Involving Bikes

Oklahoma police officers recently attended a week-long course in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that taught them how to assess an accident when there is a bike or a pedestrian involved. Part of the course simulated actual accidents by using dummies. The accident simulation helps the officers learn to determine things like how fast the car was going during a crash and where a pedestrian may have been standing.

“The dynamics of auto/pedestrian, and auto/bicycle crashes are so different compared to your two-automobile crashes, we want to provide this specific type of training to police officers, so they know how to properly interpret the evidence,” said Sgt. Ed Ferguson with the Broken Arrow Police Department.

The following video report was filed by KJRH in Tulsa:

A related resource is the Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The product is intended to assist state and local pedestrian/bicycle coordinators, planners and engineers with improving walking and bicycling safety through the development and analysis of a database containing details associated with crashes between motor vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists.

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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