Bicyclists are at a distinct disadvantage on West Virginia roads. Drivers of larger motor vehicles often fail to watch for people riding bikes, and even when they do see them many fail to give necessary room when passing. When an accident occurs between a car and bicycle, severe injury and even death can occur.
A 57-year-old man recently died after a driver struck him with his car. The bicyclist was from out of town, and was out enjoying an afternoon bike ride at the time of the accident. The driver was apparently not paying attention to the road when he turned at an intersection, running the man and his bicycle over.
The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital where he was listed in serious condition. He died a short while later. The 23-year-old driver was not arrested, although police did issue citations for several violations. These include unlicensed operation, failure to yield and negligently operating a motor vehicle.
People in West Virginia enjoy riding their bicycles for a number of reasons, and all it takes is a single accident to change everything. Although traumatic injuries are common in these types of wrecks, death is also a distinct possibility. For surviving victims, personal injury claims can be effective at recovering compensation related to their injuries, such as medical bills and pain and suffering. However, families who have lost loved ones are not without options of their own. When pursued to a successful end, wrongful death suits can help families find a sense of justice by achieving recourse on behalf of their loved one’s estate.