For residents of Reno and throughout Nevada, riding a bicycle can be beneficial in multiple ways. Riders can save money on gas, get exercise and help the environment. That, however, does not alter the dangers riders face when sharing the road with cars. Often, drivers of passenger vehicles do not pay as close attention to bicyclists as they should. Since bicyclists are inherently vulnerable, a crash can result in serious injuries and death.
A 63-year-old man who was riding a bicycle died after being hit by an alleged drunk driver. After the crash, law enforcement and emergency responders were called and the rider was found on the roadway near where the crash occurred. He was unconscious and his injuries were believed to be life-threatening. After being taken to the hospital, he was declared dead. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and was cooperative. Law enforcement determined that alcohol was a factor and the driver was arrested for DUI and other charges. The investigation is continuing.
Losing a loved one in an auto accident can be difficult enough without it being caused by a drunk driver. Unfortunately, it happens too often. Even if a bicyclist is wearing a helmet, it is rarely sufficient to avoid serious injuries and death when the rider is struck by a car. With medical costs, lost income, lost companionship, funeral expenses and the emotional impact of a fatal bicycle accident, the family left behind must protect their interests and think about a legal filing.
When a bicyclist is killed in an accident, the family must make sure they have a legal representative that can provide them with guidance and advice as to how a legal filing can be pursued. The evidence is critical in such a case, so the first call they need to make is to a lawyer experienced in helping people who have lost loved ones in drunk driving accidents.