Cyclist Killed in Tragic Crash on Carmichael Road in Montgomery, Alabama (AL)
MONTGOMERY, AL- Wsfa.com writes that one person died in a crash that occurred in Montgomery that involved a cyclist. The incident took place overnight at the intersection of Carmichael Road and Town Place Drive.*
Reports indicate that a car struck a cyclist causing fatal injuries. The victim was declared dead at the scene.
Cycling can be dangerous when people are sharing the road with cars. In 2018, 209 cyclist crashes were reported in Alabama. None of those incidents resulted in death. Most of these accidents take place on urban roadways in the state. Cyclists can increase their safety by wearing a helmet whenever they ride. However, only 35 percent of people in Alabama routinely wear a helmet.
In addition to wearing a helmet, officials recommend that people riding bikes wear bright-colored clothing and reflective gear when possible. Biking after dark is more dangerous because it is difficult for drivers to see a cyclist in the road at night.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that 857 people were killed in cyclist crashes across the country in 2018. Drivers are often responsible for these collisions as well. It is important that motorists keep an eye out for people on bikes, and always travel at or below the speed limit as speeding will increase the risk of, and severity of a crash. When passing a bike, drivers should give the person plenty of space.
When a driver makes a right turn on a red light, they should keep an eye out for cyclists approaching on their right side. Motorists should also avoid underestimating the speed of the bike as this can lead to crashes.
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