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Beware: Bicycle Road Accidents

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Bicycle AccidentI’m a cyclist myself, have been for decades. Not just a casual one either. I used to ride 14 miles a day going back and forth to work during my last office job. Using a bicycle as your primary mode of transportation, you become very aware of how vulnerable you can be.

Even those cyclists who maintain constant vigilance eventually have collisions simply due to their comparatively low visibility to motorists. I’m one of the fortunate ones. I’ve been hit twice over the years and the worst I suffered was a sprained wrist.

But others are not so lucky, such as this poor woman in Boulder, CO, as reported by Mike Wiggins at GJSentinel.com:

Jenny A. Daubendiek, 29, was riding north on the highway about 30 miles south of the intersection with U.S. Highway 50 when a Dodge Ram pickup, also northbound, attempted to pass her. The driver of the truck, 73-year-old Vernon F. Brock of Grand Junction, encountered oncoming southbound traffic as he was passing Daubendiek and steered the truck to the left as far as possible to complete the pass. He struck Daubendiek as he made the pass, throwing her about 50 feet onto the shoulder, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Ouch! According to the Washington Examiner Mr. Brock has been issued a summons alleging careless driving, causing Ms. Daubendiek’s personal injury. Ms. Daubendiek was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital, a sudden and unpleasant interlude in her afternoon ride.

Be careful out there!

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