A Texas man was killed when hit by a motor vehicle while riding a bike to work at around 6:45 a.m. Dec 17. Just before 11 a.m., a report said the victim was identified as a 44-year-old man from Georgetown, and the man driving the vehicle was a 34-year-old man from Taylor. The release of the deceased victim’s identity was delayed until after his family was notified.
According to the report, the accident occurred on a service road of Interstate 35 near M 1431. The man driving the vehicle reportedly changed lands and struck the cyclist because he could not see him, and police responding to the automobile accident said it was dark outside at the time of the collision. The man stayed at the scene. At the time of reporting, investigators were trying to determine if the cyclist was riding with reflectors and lights that were working at the time of the accident.
Similar accidents involving bikes and motor vehicles often result in serious injury and death. However, an injured victim or the family of a victim who is killed in an accident might be entitled to collect compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death claim that might result in awards that cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and the cost of funeral services.
In this case, if an investigation reveals that the man driving the car was negligent, the family of the cyclist may be able to hold the driver liable in civil court. The family may choose to work with a personal injury lawyer who may help them file the claim. That lawyer may be able to review the evidence gathered during the investigation and build a case that demonstrates the driver’s negligence and fault in the accident. The lawyer may then negotiate for the family during discussions concerning a settlement and represent them in court if the defendant decides to dispute the claim.
Source: Statesman.com, “Bicyclist, driver identified in fatal Round Rock crash,” Claudia Grisales, Dec. 17, 2013