Secretary of State Breaks Leg in Bicycle Accident
The Secretary of State John Kerry had to return early from a European diplomatic trip after he broke his leg in a bicycle accident. Secretary Kerry, 71, broke his right femur (thigh bone) when his bicycle crashed in France. According to his press delegate, he was riding his bicycle near the city of Scionzier, Switzerland, when he struck a curb and was thrown from the bike.
Secretary Kerry had arrived in Switzerland late on the Friday before after attending the inauguration of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that day in Abuja. He negotiated all day on Saturday with the Iranian Foreign Minister before electing to take a bike ride on the twisty, hilly Swiss roads. After the accident, his spokesman stated that “Secretary Kerry is in good spirits and is grateful to the French and Swiss authorities, doctors, and nurses who assisted him after the accident.”
He was immediately flown from Geneva to Boston on Sunday following the accident for treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital. Secretary Kerry was supposed to visit Spain and attend a counter-Islamic State coalition in Paris, which he will now join remotely. A femur fracture of this type following a bicycle accident can take as long as six months to heal.
Tennessee Bicycle Accidents
With miles of beautiful hills, forests, and cities Tennessee is a popular place for bicycle riders. However, cyclists need to be aware of the dangers associated with bicycle accidents. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there have already been five fatalities associated with bicycle accidents across the state this year and dozens of injuries.
Some of the most common types of bicycle accidents include wrong-way wrecks, where a cyclist travels against traffic and is struck by a vehicle. Accidents at crosswalks are also common in Tennessee, where a bicyclist crosses in a crosswalk and is struck by a car making a turn without looking or blowing through the intersection. Open car doors also cause a number of cycling injuries and deaths when a car driver leaves a door open in the way of oncoming cyclists. The last type of common cycling accident is the blind hit, where a car pulls out from a driveway, parking lot, or side street and hits the cyclist without seeing them first.
Safety administrations across the state and country counsel bicycle riders to always wear safety equipment like a helmet, have a flashing headlight or other attention-grabbing gear on the bike, and to be aware of reckless or negligent car drivers that also share the road. This is incredibly important because in a bicycle accident, the cyclist almost always suffers more severe injuries or dies as a result of the impact, especially when compared to car drivers and others on the road.
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