On behalf of Roeder, Cochran, Phillips, PLLC posted in personal injury on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
In Virginia and across the Commonwealth, many people get back and forth via bicycle. Not only is this a good way to stay in shape and active, but it saves money and is a positive for the environment. Regardless of the safety procedures riders follow and the caution they exhibit, sharing the road with a motor vehicle is always dangerous. When there is an auto accident between a car and a bicycle, the rider will inevitably suffer the worst of it. There can be serious injuries and death. After such a crash, people who have been hurt or lost a loved one should think about a legal filing for compensation.
A 77-year-old man died after he was hit by a car as he rode his bicycle. The accident happened in the evening at around 5 p.m. when a 1998 Volvo tried to pass the rider and there was a collision. He was taken to the hospital after a brain injury and he died there. The driver, a 59-year-old woman, was heading north when she attempted to pass. The rider was taken for treatment via helicopter, but the medical professionals were unable to help him. According to the law, bicyclists are granted the same rights to the road as drivers. If a driver is seeking to pass a rider, the vehicle must be driven at a “reasonable” speed with three feet granted to the rider. The most recent stats for the Commonwealth from 2017 say there were 14 bicycle fatalities on the road.
When there is a fatal accident of any kind, the family left behind will have a lot to consider. Perhaps there were medical expenses that will be exceedingly costly. The person who died might have been a major contributor to the family financially and personally. There could be other factors that make it necessary to seek to recover compensation through a legal filing. Since insurance companies will try to settle cases before a trial, the offer is frequently less than fair. People who have lost a loved one might accept that offer without realizing all they have lost as they try to move on. Before doing that, having legal advice is crucial.
An elderly man on a bicycle died when a driver tried to pass him and hit him. He fell into the road and suffered a severe brain injury that later led to his death. As the investigation into this bicycle-auto accident moves forward, the man’s family must protect themselves and call a law firm experienced in pursuing claims after motor vehicle accidents. A consultation will help to decide what steps should be taken next.