Cyclist Suffers Severe Injuries Near Savannah’s Lafayette Square
SAVANNAH, GA- Wsav.com writes that investigators are working to determine the cause of a severe cyclist crash that took place earlier this week in Savannah. The incident occurred in the early afternoon when the victim, identified as an eighteen-year-old woman, was biking on Charleston Street near Lafayette Square.*
The driver, identified as an 83-year-old woman, who was traveling northbound on Abercorn in a Honda Fit. The motorist says that she failed to see the victim.
Reports indicate that the victim suffered severe injuries in the crash.
Cycling is rising in popularity as an inexpensive and healthy form of transportation. Many advocates of cycling safety say that the streets in Charleston are not safe for biking or for pedestrians. Some feel more bike lanes should be installed to protect people when biking and to encourage more people in the city to use bikes to get around Savannah. Increasing the number of cyclists means that the city will have less traffic congestion, thereby improving the roads for everyone, not just commuters.
Cyclists and other vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians are at risk in Georgia, where the number of vehicle occupants killed in crashes decreased in recent years, but the number of pedestrian deaths rose.
Better designed vehicles are helping to protect people in cars, but bigger vehicles are placing people outside of those cars at greater risk. SUVs are doubling the risk of pedestrian death. Better road design, improved intersections, better lighting, and better pedestrian detection in vehicles could improve safety for those on foot or on bikes. In the meantime, caution is warranted for all users of the road.
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Sources:https://www.wsav.com/news/traffic-abercorn-st-closed-at-e-charlton-st-due-to-pedestrian-involved-crash/ and https://www.wsav.com/news/local-news/community-members-question-safety-of-cyclists-in-savannah/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/traffic-deaths-2018 and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/ and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/
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