While many cyclists understand the hazards they might face while out on the road, it can be difficult to be fully prepared to respond to the actions of a negligent driver. If a fast-moving vehicle suddenly veers into the path of a cyclist, the results can be disastrous, as car accidents involving cyclist can prove deadly. A crash involving a motor vehicle and bicycle in Louisiana has reportedly claimed the life of a 32-year-old man.
The incident reportedly took place as the man was out riding his bike on a recent Tuesday night. According to reports, the driver of an oncoming vehicle suddenly shifted into the opposite lane to pass another car, and in doing so, drifted directly into the path of the cyclist, striking him in the process. The cyclist reportedly suffered critical injuries in the crash and he was pronounced dead at the scene soon thereafter.
Law enforcement agents have initiated an investigation into the accident and have advised that the driver of the other vehicle has already been cited for passing in a no passing zone. Police have also advised the accident took place in an area with poor lighting. Attempting to navigate a similar maneuver in an area where vision is limited can be dangerous, and cyclists who encounter such negligence might be incapable of reacting quickly enough to avoid a potential disaster.
Fatal car accidents can be catastrophic incidents that leave surviving family members in search of answers. Should another party's negligent actions cause a deadly crash, the family of the deceased could choose to seek legal counsel for guidance on the next steps to take. An attorney can examine the crash and assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing restitution through a wrongful death claim.