Bicyclists are at a distinct disadvantage on our nation’s roadways. This disadvantage often manifests itself in tragedy, unfortunately. Recently, a 14-year-old boy was killed when a car hit him while he was riding his bike to school.
Details of the Accident
The Associated Press reports that the accident occurred on September 19, 2012 in Galen, New York, located in the central part of the state. The boy was riding his bike along the roadway at about 8 a.m. when he was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a Wayne County woman, 60.
The boy died at the scene. An investigation followed. The woman received a ticket for reckless driving and unsafe lane-changing. She will be in court to answer for these tickets on January 2, 2013.
What to Do if You Have Been Involved in a Bicycle-Auto Accident
If you are involved in a bicycle accident, the most important thing to do is wait for the police to arrive. This is true even if you do not believe you are injured. Many bicyclists and even motorists may not realize they are injured until hours after the accident. Your health is your first priority after an accident.
Next, remember that it is not your job as a bicyclist to negotiate with the driver. If you apologize in any way, that apology could be used against you later in court if you choose to pursue a claim. To support your case, maintain records of the accident, including driver and eye-witness contact information and photos.
Family members who lose loved ones in accidents may file a wrongful death suit against the responsible driver if the driver is found to have been negligent. A claim may recover medical bills, lost income, and can even consider emotional damages. Contact an accident attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates for a consultation. 1-800-246-4878.