Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident lawyers read about a Georgia Tech student who died after being hit by a tractor trailer while he was bicycling in Atlanta. The young man was 20 year old Brian Edmonds, a sophomore and member of the crew team. On April 11, he was cycling eastbound on Ivan Allen Boulevard between two vehicles. He was approaching a stoplight, and the light turned green as he came to Centennial Olympic Park Drive, according to Sergeant Greg Lyon of the Atlanta Police Department. He was hit after he apparently turned in front of a tractor trailer. The driver of the tractor trailer claimed he was unable to avoid the accident, and no criminal charges have been filed. Sergeant Lyon said, “The driver of the tractor-trailer reported there was nothing he could do. The bicycle came out from between two cars and then was in front of his truck.” Brian Edmonds was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition, where he died of his injuries six days later.
Bicycle safety, both for the bicyclist and drivers on the road, is important and will be more so in the warmer months. Bicyclists need to maintain good visibility so everyone around them can see them, and need to be defensive on the road. Cyclists have to follow the rules of the road like other vehicles, as well. When there is an accident, who is at fault usually comes down to who had the right of way, and in this case, the tractor trailer driver may not have been at fault. But these accidents are serious, and it is often the person on the bicycle who is seriously injured or killed, like Mr. Edmonds, so extra care must be taken by everyone. Bicycle accident deaths are two percent of all people injured in a road accident each year. In 2011, 677 people died in crashes between a bicycle and a vehicle, which comes out to just under two people every day of the year in the U.S. There were also about 48,000 injuries from these bicycle versus car or truck accidents. Sixty nine percent of these fatalities occurred in urban areas, as well, as was the case in Atlanta. Most of the crashes also occur at intersections, as was the case above as well.
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