In recent years, outdoor activities have become very popular in the Atlanta
area. For this reason, it is common to see bicyclists alongside roadways
in the metro area. Unfortunately, even when cyclists are wearing safety
equipment, traveling in their lane, and all around following the rules
of the road – they are still at risk of being struck by motor vehicles.
Earlier this month a well-respected doctor from Hampton, Georgia lost his
life after being involved in an automobile-bicycle crash. He was riding
his bicycle on Lower Woolsey Road with a group of other cyclists when
he was hit from behind while navigating a curve. The driver of the motor
vehicle was listed as being distracted at the time of the accident in
the police report.
Distracted driving is a significant problem in Georgia and surrounding
states. A recent study provided evidence that Americans partake in distracted
driving more than 50% of the time they are driving a car. Of that percentage,
observable distractions accounted for 70% - talking or texting on the
phone among them. Your chances of being involved in a crash nearly double
while talking on a phone. Other distractions that we’ve likely all
been guilty of include daydreaming, eating, grooming ourselves, and more.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, but we urge you to be vigilant
throughout the rest of the year. Join us in making a pledge to stop distracted
driving, even if it means turning off your cell phone while in the car.
You may save your life and others, which is worth any sacrifice.