A fatal bicycle-car collision in Colorado is an example of the dangers bicyclists face, and the consequences motorists can face if they hit and kill someone while driving.
The fatal accident happened when the driver turned left in front of the bicyclist, causing the cyclist to hit the passenger side of the vehicle. The cyclist was taken to the hospital and later died from his injuries.
After the accident, Fort Collins police issued the driver a citation for failing to yield to oncoming traffic. The police said the accident happened because the motorist did not yield to the traffic, which included the bicyclist, before making a left turn. The bicyclist and other traffic had the right-of-way, and the driver should have yielded to traffic. If the driver had followed traffic laws, the fatal accident may have been prevented.
This fatal accident is an example of the dangers bicyclists face on the road as well as the legal issues drivers who cause fatal accidents like this one can face. In addition to the traffic citation, the driver could also face a wrongful death lawsuit in the future.
While there are no reports of the victim's family filing a lawsuit, they could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the motorist. In fact, the traffic citation could help their case if the lawsuit claims that the driver's negligent and reckless actions caused the fatal accident.
The legal issues surrounding this case are still unknown. However, hopefully motorists and bicyclists in Colorado will see this case as a reminder on the importance of sharing the road and following traffic safety laws to prevent accidents from happening in the future.
Source: Daily Camera, "Driver ticketed in fatal collision with Boulder cyclist in Fort Collins," Mitchell Byars, Nov. 13, 2013