Georgia Doctor Killed in Bicycle Accident Caused by Distracted Driver
A tragic bicycle accident claimed the life of a well-respected local doctor and cycling enthusiast. The Hampton, Georgia doctor, was riding his bicycle on a Wednesday night on Lower Woolsey Road with three other cyclists. He was suddenly struck from behind by the driver of a 2002 Infinity, who was trying to negotiate a curve. Police report that the driver was distracted at the time of the accident.
Investigations are ongoing, and police are looking into all possible variables. The local community is mourning the loss of this beloved doctor who shared his passion for cycling with so many others in the area.
The bicycle accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are saddened to hear of this recent fatal bike crash during Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We hope that this accident will serve as a lesson for drivers that continue to text and drive or engage in other distracting behaviors. We assist our clients injured due to driver distraction in seeking full compensation for their losses from the at-fault driver.
Distracted Driving Leaves Bicyclists Vulnerable
According to Distraction.org, the United States government's website for distracted driving, over 3,000 people are killed in distracted driving related accidents each year, and thousands more are injured. Most researchers believe the true incidence of distracted driving is far higher. Distracted driving commonly goes underreported because it is not always easy to detect. Distracted drivers may even be able to hide their activities from police and witnesses to the accident. It is now believed that distracted driving kills more people than drunk driving.
Distracted driving presents hazards to all road users, but bicyclists are especially at risk. With their smaller size, bicyclists are more likely to go unnoticed by distracted drivers. When a distracted driver hits a bicyclist, the results can be catastrophic. The bicycle rider can experience traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, amputation, disfigurement, internal organ damage, and even death.
Take Steps to Protect Yourself When Bicycling
There are some steps bicyclists can take to protect themselves while cycling, some of which are discussed by bicyclesafe.com, including:
- Wear a helmet: Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash.
- Obey the law: Research local cycling laws and always abide by them. Follow all traffic rules and bike only in safe locations, avoiding busy streets when possible.
- Light up your bike: If you are riding in low light conditions, be sure your bike has head and rear lights. Consider also installing rear blinking lights to increase visibility.
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