Cyclists face a number of dangers on the road, even though bikers typically have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Unfortunately, even cautious, experienced bicyclists can be injured by inattentive motorists. If this is the case, motor vehicle accident victims may be able to recover their losses with a personal injury claim against the at-fault motorist.
In the wake of a recent accident in Colorado, one man's family members are likely wondering what exactly happened. A 57-year-old man, who is a national road biking champion, was critically injured when he was riding with a group of other cyclists.
As the pack of bikers was traveling down the road, an SUV headed toward the cyclists crossed a lane of traffic to the opposite shoulder. As soon as the driver noticed the group of bikers, he tried to pull back to the other side of the road. Accordingly, the bikers all tried to avoid the car. During the confusion, the former cycling champion suffered injuries considered to be life threatening.
The severely injured biker certainly knows how to handle himself on the road. Not only that, he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Even with these considerations, the man was still badly hurt.
In this case, a collision was the cause of any injuries. Rather, it was the driver's decisions and the bikers' subsequent responses that did the damage. As such, it will be worthwhile to determine why the driver made the maneuvers on the road and whether or not he violated traffic laws in the process. These aspects of the accident could help the victim figure out his legal options moving forward.
Source: Velo News, "Former national champion Dale Stetina in critical condition after Colorado accident," Neal Rogers, Aug. 31, 2013