During the warmer months, many Colorado residents may choose to travel in other ways - like walking, running or bicycling. When more people are out walking or biking, vehicle drivers must be on high alert, especially for bicyclists, as they often tend to share the roadways with other vehicles.
Bicycles are often more difficult to see than cars or trucks, which may contribute to incidents like one recent accident at an intersection in Fort Collins. The 19-year-old driver of an SUV who struck the bicyclist was attempting to make a right-hand turn at the intersection when he hit the bicyclist. Initial reports do not indicate the direction in which the rider was traveling. The bicyclist was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with head injuries, although the extent of the injuries were not disclosed.
Bicycle accidents can often have tragic results, because a bicycle does not offer nearly as much protection as a vehicle does. Luckily, the bicyclist in this accident survived, but serious head injuries can lead to a plethora of physical problems and a long road to recovery - and in some cases, death. Hospital bills for any injury can quickly add up, and an ambulance ride alone can cost hundreds of dollars.
The Fort Collins accident is under investigation. However, when an investigation reveals that a driver was negligent, that driver may be held liable for the bicyclist's injuries or death. In addition to medical bills, a driver negligent driver could also be held financially responsible for the bicyclist's pain and suffering and other damages - and in the case of a fatal accident, costs associated with funeral costs and even loss of future earnings may be considered.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit could be the first step for bike accident victims and their families to receive compensation. A trained legal professional can help victims understand their rights and aid them through the legal process.
Source: The Coloradoan, "Car vs. bike crash snarls Drake, Timberline crossing," Adrian D. Garcia, June 11, 2014