Cyclist and Son of Congressman Severely Injured in Cycling Crash
GORDON COUNTY, GA- Ajc.com writes that a member of the Georgia Tech cycling team and son of a US Congressman was severely injured in a cycling crash over the weekend. The boy was competing in a road race with the University team when the incident occurred. According to reports, the victim was transported to a trauma facility where he remains in critical condition.*
The Georgia Tech cycling club was hosting the high-speed race when the crash occurred. The details of the student’s injuries are not known at this time, nor is the exact cause of the accident. The boy’s father said that his son is now responsive but remains in intensive care.
Cyclists are often at risk when biking on roadways in the United States. Traffic crashes involving vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, are continuing to increase each year, even as occupants in cars are dying in smaller numbers.
When it comes to bikes and pedestrians, the car-centric design of many roads places these individuals at risk. Additionally, cars are becoming larger, and American car buyers often select bigger vehicles over smaller ones. The side effect of the nation’s love of SUVs and other small trucks is that pedestrians and cyclists are placed at a higher risk of a deadly collision. Larger vehicles are more likely to kill a person than a smaller car.
Of course, other risk factors are also at play, including distractions. The rate of fatal pedestrian and cyclist crashes increased with the rising popularity of smartphones. Everyone is less focused on their surroundings and more interested in their screens. The result of these distractions can be deadly.
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Sources:https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/breaking-son-georgia-congressman-critically-injured-cycling-accident/WyilB4PCFJmL2zzRfDvxAL/ and https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-american-pedestrians-are-dying-than-in-past-30-years-11582779660 and https://www.nhtsa.gov/traffic-deaths-2018 and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/
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