Most people are aware that there is a risk of a motor vehicle accident every time someone gets behind the wheel to drive. While collisions between multiple cars can have disastrous results leading to catastrophic injuries, the risk is even greater when the collision is not with another car but a pedestrian or bicyclists instead. It is not uncommon for these types of motor vehicle accidents to result in the death of the person walking or riding a bike.
Residents of the Augusta area who have been paying attention to local news are likely aware of this. In the last month two bicyclists have died after being hit by cars. The most recent incident occurred early this morning on Peach Orchard Road, while the first one happened on Mike Padgett Highway.
While inexpensive, in addition to being a good source of exercise, walking and riding a bike around an area where cars are operating can be quite dangerous. When the heavy and large steel automobiles make contact with a virtually unprotected human, the individual struck is often thrown, suffering serious injuries when they hit the ground. In the worst cases, such as the incidents occurring in the past month, the victim dies.
When someone walking or riding a bike is injured or dies after being hit by a car, a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate. If successful, the civil lawsuit would provide the victim or his or her family with financial damages to help deal with the aftermath.
Source: WRDW, "Cyclists talk bike safety after 2 fatal accidents in less than 1 month," Hope Jensen, May 24, 2013