There are multiple different reasons why people in California choose a bicycle as a form of transportation, from personal health to concern for the environment. Whether a cyclist is involved in a lone ride or with a pack of other riders, he or she may be at risk. Regardless of the cause, bicycle accidents can easily cause serious injuries. Unfortunately, a man was recently killed and a woman seriously injured while involved in an event.
Reports indicate that the victims were at the end of a 100-mile route. Witnesses say that a car driven by a 21-year-old man approached a pack of eastbound cyclists from behind; he was reportedly driving approximately 100 mph. The driver is said to have moved to the westbound lane before going onto the shoulder and losing control. He then allegedly veered back into the eastbound lane, striking two cyclists.
A 49-year-old man died at the scene as a result of the injuries he suffered while a 50-year-old woman was flown to the hospital with major injuries. The driver, who has since been arrested and faces a charge of vehicular manslaughter, suffered moderate injuries. Those familiar with the incident claim that it would be difficult to miss the cyclists as there were a significant number in the area, but the driver's speed may have reduced his visibility. It is unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.
What was likely intended to be a morning of accomplishment and fitness quickly turned into a day of horror for these cyclists and their family members. While the family of the deceased man will have to cope with the funeral expenses and lost wages associated with his death, the injured woman may face a long road of recovery, leaving her unable to work. To help cope with the financial fallout of bicycle accidents in California, many victims -- including surviving family members in the event of a fatality -- often choose to hold the parties deemed responsible accountable for their actions by filing a personal injury lawsuit. If successfully presented, they could be awarded damages to help them cope with these expenses.
Source: USA Today, "Driver of car that hit cyclists charged with vehicular manslaughter", Sherry Barkas and Barrett Newkirk, Feb. 11, 2018