A Colorado man recently lost his life while riding his bicycle when he was hit by a man suspected of driving under the influence. The driver of the vehicle was reportedly just three blocks from his home at the time. This car accident has impacted the entire community.
It is easy for Colorado drivers to forget that they share the road, not only with other drivers but with motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians as well. While automotive travel certainly comprises the majority of road traffic, drivers do not enjoy special privileges when it comes to the use of the American roadways. When drivers fail to act in a responsible manner toward others on the road, tragedy can occur. A recent car accident underscores this truth, and serves as a reminder to us all to consider the safety of others while driving.
Colorado drivers share the road with a multitude of other vehicles, including commercial and personal vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and even pedestrians. Drivers have a responsibility to act in a manner that preserves the safety of everyone on the road. However, one recent motor vehicle accident has led many in the cycling community shocked and angered.
We so often take for granted the urban planning that provides our streets, traffic lights, signals and signs that it can come as a shock when we realize just how tenuous our safety on the road really is. Recently, a tragic incident reminded Denver residents of the ever-present dangers on our roadways. A 24-year-old graduate student at the University of Denver was involved in a fatal accident when he was violently struck by an SUV as he attempted to cross a road near the campus.
Cyclists all too often are the victim of motor vehicle accidents on the roads of Colorado. A former Air Force pilot was killed recently while cycling southbound down Highway 83 in Douglas County. He was rear-ended by a Jeep Wrangler driven by what officials say was a drunk driver. The cyclist was clothed in florescent yellow and wearing a helmet, but it was not enough to prevent this fatal accident.