Bicyclists at Risk of Injury by Impatient, Careless Motorists
A bicycle accident proved fatal for a 64-year-old rider struck by a 92-year-old driver. The elderly motorist insisted he didn’t see the yellow-t-shirt-clad rider, who was the last in a group of riders traveling from the Daviess County Airport to the Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area. The elderly driver was operating a sport utility vehicle. Police responded to a report of a bicyclist who wasn’t breathing. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he died of massive internal injuries.
Cyclists who are injured in collisions with motor vehicles may have a number of legal options worth exploring, which could include:
- Claims against the at-fault driver;
- Claims for uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (from the cyclist’s own insurer);
- Dram shop law claims against a provider of alcohol (if the driver was drunk);
- Vicarious liability claims against a vehicle owner or the driver’s employer (if applicable).
In this case, the cyclist was a U.S. Air Force veteran, married for 35 years and an electronics technician, who, according to his obituary, enjoyed not just cycling and mountain biking but also climbing, yoga., and hiking, as well as spending time with his five children, 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.