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Riding your bike can be an incredibly enjoyable activity! Perhaps you do it for the exercise, to help reduce your carbon footprint, or maybe it is your primary mode of transportation to and from work. However, hundreds of bicyclists are killed every year due to the negligent driving of other motorists on the road. Lawyers are all-too-familiar with these cases and have helped many family members file wrongful death claims in these situations. If you are the loved one of a bicyclist who has passed away as the result of another motorist, don’t wait any longer. Contact a wrongful death lawyer offers right away.
What Are Common Ways Motorists Injure And Kill Bicyclists?
There are a few common ways that motorists can injure and kill bicyclists. Despite the way it happens, it is usually the result of negligence on behalf of the motorist. Below are a few common scenarios that could result in a bicyclist’s death:
- A car turning left. If the driver of the vehicle is not paying attention to the road or looking for
a bicyclist, they can easily hit a person on a bike straight on while turning left.
- A car turning right. Often, the bike lane is on the right side of the road (usually next to a
sidewalk). If a motorist is turning right and they do not see a bicyclist, they could hit the
bicyclist with their car or completely obstruct the bike path, leaving the cyclist with
nowhere to go.
- A car clipping the bicyclist. In many cases, a car could come into the bicyclist’s lane and hit
the cyclist or “clip” them, causing the cyclist to veer out of the lane and fall or run into
- A car door opening. Even cars that are parked can injure and kill cyclists. Many deaths
happen when a driver is opening their car door and not looking to see if a bicyclist is
coming. When this happens, the cyclist can bike straight into the door.
When Is an Accidental Death Considered a Wrongful Death?
When proving that a wrongful death has occurred in this situation, it is important to speak with us about the circumstances surrounding the accident. Not all fatal bike accidents can be considered a wrongful death. However, if the motorist is found to be negligent and this negligence specifically caused the fatal bicyclist accident, then we can work hard to get your family the compensation they need.
What Are the Next Steps?
Losing a loved one, especially when it is so sudden, can be traumatic and heartbreaking to the family. Attorneys are compassionate and will work hard to get your family the compensation they deserve to begin the journey to recovery. If you have any further questions regarding bicycle wrongful death claims or would like to schedule an appointment, call an attorney today.