SUV Strikes and Kills Cyclist in Tragic Cherokee County Collision
CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA- Ajc.com writes that a cyclist died after an SUV struck the man in Cherokee County over the weekend. The incident took place in the early morning on GA 5 near Commerce Lane. While the victim was traveling southbound, a Jeep Renegade traveling in the same direction struck him from behind, killing him at the scene.*
Reports do not contain details regarding the identity of either of the individuals involved. Police are still investigating the fatal crash and have not yet stated whether charges will be filed against the driver. Cyclists are some of the most vulnerable users of the road. In many places, people are not allowed to bike on sidewalks, which in turn leads to those on bikes sharing the road with cars and trucks.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 857 people died in traffic collisions in the United States in 2018. Obviously, when a bike and a car are involved in a wreck, the cyclist will typically be the one who will be injured or killed. Bike crashes are more common at night. This is also true for pedestrians and is likely the result of lower visibility for drivers on the road. More people on bikes die in urban locations as opposed to rural areas. In fact, about three out of four fatal cyclist accidents take place in rural locations. The NHTSA recommends that cyclists use safety gear, including a helmet, to reduce their risk of being hurt or killed in a crash. Reflectors are also important, especially when cyclists are riding at night. Cyclists should also consider which roads they are choosing to ride on. Busy roads with fast-moving traffic are likely poor choices.
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Sources:https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/bicyclist-killed-after-being-struck-suv-cherokee-county/EZw5gVfeee06eJMmA4Ak4K/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicycle-safety and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pedestrian_safety/index.html
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