Colorado residents enjoy an active outdoors lifestyle for most of the year. Bicycling is a popular activity and bike awareness is something that is stressed among motorists. However, bike accidents do occur.
A Fort Collins woman recently turned herself in to authorities for a fatal collision with a bicyclist. Recently a bicyclist was hit on the frontage road of Interstate 25 near Colorado Hwy 392. The victim suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the bicyclist presumably fled the scene. Police put out a warrant for the woman's arrest with a felony charge for the failure to remain at the scene after an accident involving a fatality. In addition, the driver faces a misdemeanor charges involving failure to notify police of an accident and careless driving involving death. The woman turned herself in to authorities and the accident remains under investigation.
Although Colorado residents spend a lot of time on their bikes, accidents do occur with automobiles. Based just on their size alone, bike riders tend to bear to brunt of injuries in car accidents because of their lack of protection.
Colorado families who are affected by an unexpected bicycle accident should consider a cause of action for personal injury or wrongful death. A professional can help families determine what happened to their loved one and who was at fault. These investigations can lead to recovering compensation for their tremendous loss, medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of wages and other monetary and non-monetary damages.
Bike awareness is important for all vehicle drivers in Denver. It is important to be cautious around bicyclists so that everyone can share the road and get to their destination safely.
Source: Coloradoan, "Fort Collins woman arrested on suspicion of causing fatal hit-and-run crash with cyclist," Feb. 7, 2014