Bicyclist Tragically Dies in a Bicycle Accident on Interstate 75 Valdosta, Georgia
VALDOSTA, GA – According to an online news report at moultrieobserver.com, a man on his bicycle tragically perished in an accident involving a transit van.*
Earlier this week, a man died in an accident at the Interstate 75 Exit 13 bridge, per the Lowndes County sheriff. The accident occurred in the evening hours and involved a transit van that struck the man as he was biking. The sheriff notes that "t]he driver of the van said she never saw the man on the bicycle.” The individual on the bicycle is described as a white male, per the sheriff. He has been identified as a 17-year-old from Lowndes County.
It is not clear what town the accident occurred in or exactly how the bicyclist was hit. The Georgia State Police is currently conducting an investigation of the accident. There are no further details on the crash at this time,
There are several causes of bicycle accidents, which are as follows:
Distracted driving: drivers are increasingly becoming distracted when driving. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 30% of all bicycle crash-related injuries happen when a driver who is not paying attention strikes a bicycle.
Failing to yield to bicyclist: drivers cause serious accidents when they fail to yield to a bicycle. Failing to yield dramatically increases the chance of an accident occurring.
Hazardous road conditions: municipalities have a duty to ensure that all roads, including bicycle lanes, are kept in good condition. According to the NHTSA, thirteen percent of all injuries sustained by bicyclists occur due to dangerous road conditions.
Riding at night: Over half of all bicycle crashes occur in the dark. Bicyclists are urged to wear bright colors, reflective gear, and to have headlights on their bicycles. Drivers at night have a more difficult time seeing a biker than during the day. In this instance, drivers may not be able to spot a bicyclist until it is too late.
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