WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- When it comes to bike safety, most people know to wear a helmet, wear bright colors and travel in groups if you can. However, even cyclists who take those precautions aren't always clear of danger.
Lori Lyons is a mother of 3 and has always lived an active lifestyle, but an accident last summer changed her pace.
"July 13th of 2013 I was training for a half Iron Man that's just 70.3 in Augusta and I was trying to do my first 56 mile bike ride that day," said Lori.
She added, "We had already gone from Perry to Hawkinsville and back which was 38 miles...I told my husband I was going to go ahead in front of him and just for that mile and a half I was by myself."
It's that stretch of the ride that she can't remember. Luckily, her husband Ryan wasn't too far behind.
"I just remember seeing her bike and then everything kind of starts to register," said Ryan.
A car driving down the road hit Lori. She broke a total of 10 bones.
"My scapula which is one of the harder ones to break I hear, all the way down to my big toe, my
pelvis, my back, I wore one of those turtle shell braces for 12 weeks," Lori explained.
President of the Middle Georgia Triathlon Club, James West said he sees this kind of thing happen too often.
"They have passed a law in the last couple years, it's called the three foot rule and cars when they pass bikes are supposed to give three feet of space but you'll get a lot them that will be within inches," said West.
According to the traffic report, the driver who hit Lori failed to do that. Fortunately, she had on a helmet that day.
"Without it things could have been much worse," Lori said.
"I think when you're out on the road especially when you're hit in the way Lori was, you realize at the end of the day it wasn't what you did right or wrong, it's whether or not the person driving the vehicle is paying attention and there's not a whole lot you can do about that," said Ryan.
To check out a bike safety checklist or to learn more about recent changes to Georgia's bicycle laws, head to www.gahighwaysafety.org.