While cyclists have the same rights to the road as the driver of a motor vehicle, they could face a variety of potential hazards that are unique to their chosen form of transportation. Bicycles are much smaller than other vehicles and are thus more difficult to see, and cyclists must take steps to increase their visibility to reduce the chances of a dangerous collision. Car accidents involving cyclists prove fatal far too often, and a recent incident in Louisiana has reportedly led to the death of a 59-year-old man.
The incident reportedly took place on a recent Wednesday morning as the man was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of a local highway. For reasons unknown, a vehicle traveling in the outside lane suddenly collided with the man. While the driver of the vehicle was properly restrained and was not injured in the incident, the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
While no further information was provided, law enforcement agents have advised that the investigation is still underway and that charges are pending. Without the protective barriers provided by other forms of transportation, cyclists have little to shield them from harm should an accident occur. While traffic laws are in place to protect all those out on the road, any form of negligence on the part of a driver could leave a family mourning an untimely loss.
Those who lose a family member in bicycle-related car accidents may wish to exercise their right to pursue restitution, but the process can be stressful and daunting. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can provide a person in Louisiana with assistance in navigating the civil justice system. A personal injury attorney can assist a client in pursuing the full amount of restitution to which he or she is entitled through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed at fault.
Source: kalb.com, "Bicyclist from Oklahoma killed in Winn Parish crash", May 2, 2018