Tragedy struck Fayetteville Friday as a 23-year-old bicyclist dies after he was hit by two vehicles at Cliffdale and Pritchett roads shortly before 10 p.m. According to the police, the bicyclist was riding along the curb toward Skibo Road when he was struck by the car.
The bicyclist suffered severe injuries and died on the scene Fayetteville Police say. The victim’s identity was withheld, pending notification of family. Police continued to investigate the wreck.
Bicycling is not only a great exercise it is also a very enjoyable recreational pastime. Although riding a bike can be done virtually anywhere, wearing a helmet is mandatory no matter how familiar the terrain and environment are that you ride in. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic:
It’s simple. If you fall from your bike, the bicycle helmet takes the force of the blow — instead of your head. When you’re biking, wearing a bicycle helmet is the most effective way to prevent a life-threatening head injury.
And don’t assume that bicycle helmets are just for kids. Adults face the same risks as children. The average careful bicyclist may still crash every 4,500 miles, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute. Although collisions with cars or other vehicles are likely to be the most serious, even a low-speed fall on a bicycle path can be dangerous.
Although it is apparent that a helmet might not completely protect you from an accident involving a collision by car as in this tragic case, it is an essential part of bike riding that you should never go without. Wearing a helmet makes great sense. It protects you from possible brain trauma from what a majority of bicycle accidents come from; a simple fall.
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