While there are numerous forms of transportation available, many individuals prefer to ride their bicycles from place to place. A similar mode of travel could offer a variety of benefits. But with less in the way of protection as a motor vehicle, car accidents involving cyclists run the risk of ending in catastrophe. A recent collision that occurred in Louisiana has injured several individuals and claimed the life of a 64-year-old cyclist.
According to reports, the incident took place on a recent Saturday evening as a vehicle suddenly began to travel off the road. Authorities assert that as the driver was attempting to maneuver back onto the road he over-corrected and struck a cyclist after crossing into an oncoming lane. The driver and a passenger in the vehicle both suffered injuries in the process, and the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation into the incident is currently underway, but it is unclear what might have caused the driver to run off the road. Although toxicology samples were taken, authorities don't suspect intoxication to be a contributing factor. However, there are numerous circumstances in which a driver might exhibit such negligence, such as distracted or fatigued driving.
Those who suffer the loss of a loved one in fatal car accidents may wish to pursue restitution, but they might be uncertain how to achieve this goal. Families who experience similar circumstances could benefit from speaking with an attorney for advice in the process. An attorney in Louisiana can thoroughly examine the incident, along with the client's financial needs, and assist in pursuing compensation through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed at fault.
Source: theadvocate.com, "Bicyclist struck, killed in highway crash Saturday afternoon, State Police say", Dec. 16, 2017