It’s essential that those operating vehicles are particularly careful around bicyclists, as these individuals are at risk of being seriously hurt or killed in a collision since they lack protection. Unfortunately, one man in Tennessee recently died in a motor vehicle accidentinvolving a bicycle. The crash happened on a Monday morning and involved a dentist.
The 55-year-old dentist was on his bike at close to 6:30 a.m. All of a sudden, an automobile driven by a 25-year-old woman hit the bicyclist, police said. The bicyclist died at the scene of the collision. At the time of the accident, the vehicle was going along a curve.
It’s not clear whether the bicyclist had worn a helmet. Another bicyclist with whom the dentist was riding suffered no injuries in the crash. The man who died in the wreck had practiced dentistry for nearly 30 years, and he had received many association and academy awards. He left behind a wife and two sons. The man’s death is the fifth one reported in Tennessee this year involving a bicycle; eight were reported back in 2013.
The surviving family of the bicyclist might decide to file a wrongful death claim against the woman who allegedly struck the bicyclist. They can seek monetary damages that can help them to address the man’s burial costs, loss of support and other expenses tied to the fatal bike and motor vehicle accident. The woman might be held liable for his death if there is proof that she was driving too fast or acting in another negligent way behind the wheel. A judge will determine the plaintiff’s claims for monetary damages only if liability is established adequately in a Tennessee court.
Source: columbiadailyherald.com, “Local dentist dies in cycling accident“, Kara Coleman, Dec. 1, 2014