Bike awareness in Denver is important to keep the roads safe for both drivers and bicyclists. Bike accidents can potentially lead to more significant injuries and deaths because of the vulnerability of bicyclists when they are involved in a crash with a motor vehicle. Both drivers and bicyclists should be certain to adhere to the rules of the road and maintain safety procedures to prevent accidents from happening.
Riding a bicycle and being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle can result in the worst possible outcome as was evidenced when a 23-year-old Colorado man was the victim of a hit-and-run with an SUV. The bicyclist was riding on the shoulder of the highway when the SUV drifted into his lane and crashed into him from behind. The rider suffered serious head trauma and was taken to the hospital where he died. Approximately two hours after the accident occurred, the 53-year-old driver surrendered to police. He was arrested and was charged with a felony for hit-and-run.
When there is a bicycle accident that results in a fatality, the loved ones of the victim have a right to seek compensation for their loss. Even when there is not a fatality but there are severe injuries, the costs for long-term medical care for a person who has been hurt can be astronomical. Trying to recover compensation from the person or persons responsible can help counteract the amount of money and emotional pain the bicycle accident has caused.
This case ended with the death of the bicyclist. If the driver had maintained some sense of bike awareness, it's possible that the accident never would have happened and the fatality would not have occurred. The family of the bicycle rider would be wise to discuss their options moving forward and whether filing for compensation would be best for them at this time.
Source: Mynews4.com, "Colo. bicyclist dies after Tahoe hit-and-run," Nov. 22, 2013