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Three cyclists were riding on U.S. Highway 17 in Eulonia, GA when a van struck the cyclists from behind, killing two of the men and critically injuring the third man. The three cyclists were reportedly using safety gear (bright colors, flashing lights) and riding single file along the highway, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
The trio of friends were all avid cyclists and would ride dozen of miles Monday nights after they all finished work. On April 19, the three began a charity 850-mile ride from Washington, D.C. back down to their hometown of Sanford, FL.
They accomplished a week of the ride and were in rural Georgia when the bike accident happened. After stopping at the scheduled motel and found it had no air conditioning and one bed, the group decided to keep riding to the next town, according to the Orlando Sentinel. They were biking single file on the right side of the road, between the white line and the shoulder, when a vehicle crashed into the three of them.
Coincidentally, Georgia State Patrol said that one day before this accident another traffic accident happened on the same stretch of highway. A Georgia pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver, a hit-and-run about two miles north of the bike accident scene.
Careless drivers like the one who hit-and-ran the pedestrian and the one who struck three cyclists should be more careful when on the road. Georgia’s climate makes for a place where people are out walking, cyclists are out biking, and motorcyclists are out riding. Motorist HAVE to be careful while driving. The accident attorneys at the Kalka & Baer law firm urge drivers to watch for others on the road.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident and would like to seek legal help, please contact Kalka & Baer. You can either call (404) 907-1594 or (404) 835-8072 or visit our contact page to fill out an online form.
As the victim of any Georgia bike accident, you need legal representation right away. Kalka & Baer offers a free, no obligation consultation to help review your accident and case.