Whether as a form of exercise, or even a preferred means of transportation, many individuals choose to travel from place to place via bicycle. While there may be numerous benefits to a similar decision, there may also be a certain level of risk involved, as motor vehicle accidents involving cyclists run a higher chance of ending in catastrophe. A recent accident involving a driver who reportedly veered off the road has claimed the life of a 60-year-old cyclist in Louisiana.
According to reports, the incident took place early on a recent Saturday morning as the man was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of the road. For reasons unknown, a driver suddenly veered out of the lanes of traffic and struck the cyclist from behind. The driver of the vehicle didn't remain at the scene of the accident, and the cyclist was pronounced dead soon thereafter.
Authorities have initiated an investigation into the incident and are attempting to locate the individual who chose to flee the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal, and may only lead authorities to have increased suspicion of the presence of wrongdoing. Upon being located, should the driver be deemed at fault, which is likely, the surviving family members may seek to hold the tortfeasor accountable through the civil justice system.
Families who lose loved ones in motor vehicle accidents due to the negligent actions of others may wish to pursue restitution accordingly. Since the process can be stressful and intimidating, a family could choose to retain the services of an experienced attorney. An attorney can evaluate the incident and assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed culpable.
Source: U.S News & World Report, "Bicyclist Killed in Hit-And-Run Crash on Louisiana Highway", Dec. 30, 2017