According to Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, the female cyclist was struck by the vehicle and had to be transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. There is no word on the cyclist’s condition at this time, and authorities are working to establish the cause of the accident.
The need to reduce bicyclist accidents and fatalities in our state may have never been higher than it is right now. The latest fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that there were 28 bicyclist fatalities on Georgia roads in 2013.
This number is the highest it’s been since 2005, when there were 23 bicyclist fatalities in Georgia.
Many drivers and cyclists alike are concerned about the rising rate of accidents and fatalities on our roads, and have been for several years. Despite a few attempts to curb the rapidly growing number of collisions, cyclists and drivers are still colliding quite frequently.
State law requires cyclists to ride “as close as practicable” to the right side of the road, unless they are avoiding hazards, turning, or the lane is too narrow to be shared. Even though motorists are required to leave at least three feet of space between their vehicle and a passing cyclist, some drivers are simply unaware of this law.
Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to accidents, regardless of how minor one may be. It is important for drivers to stay aware of their surroundings and give cyclists more than the proper amount of space on the road. Similarly, cyclists are also responsible for obeying road rules and using their best judgment when riding on heavily-trafficked streets or highways.
The Eichholz Law Firm wishes the victim in Saturday’s accident a speedy recovery. As more details regarding her condition and the accident cause become available, our team will report on the updates.