When a collision occurs between a bicycle and another larger vehicle, the consequences are often catastrophic or fatal for the bicyclist. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 716 bicyclists were killed in 2008. If your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to receive financial compensation.
Keep in mind that a driver does not have to face citations or criminal charges to be held financially accountable for a fatal bicycle accident. A wrongful death claim in Texas is a civil lawsuit that the family of a deceased bicycle accident victim can file against the at-fault party. However, proving that a driver’s negligence caused or contributed to a fatal car accident can be challenging.
If your loved one was the victim of a fatal bicycle accident, you should ask these questions:
- Was the driver distracted by his or her cell phone?
- Was the driver fatigued?
- Was the motorist speeding or making a dangerous lane change?
- Were there any witnesses to the collision?
- Were there any security cameras in the area that captured the incident?
A bicycle accident investigation can become lengthy and complex. Investigators may have to sift through conflicting eyewitness testimony and other evidence before arriving at a conclusion.
If you are a family member of a bicycle accident victim, you may be left with unanswered questions in the aftermath of a crash. It is important that you seek out legal support during this time to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson today to set-up your free consultation.