Bicyclist killed in fatal car crash

On behalf of Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, P.A. posted in Wrongful Death on Friday, November 28, 2014.

In Brevard and throughout the state, there are dangers whenever a person heads out on the road in a car, on a motorcycle, on a bicycle or as a pedestrian. These risks are not often considered, but they’re there. Motor vehicle accidents are sometimes inevitable. However, when they happen, the incident can be made worse when the driver who is believed to have caused it decides to leave the scene of the crash. It’s important that those who were affected know how to move forward with possible litigation for loss of a loved one.

A 44-year-old bicyclist was killed when an SUV changed lanes and hit him. The fatal accident happened at approximately 8:00 p.m. According to one witness, the SUV never slowed down and fled the scene after the fatal car crash. Police investigated and located the 27-year-old driver’s Hyundai Santa Fe with damage to its front end and a flat tire. A piece of her vehicle was found at the scene. Over the past 11 years, the woman has had more than 20 citations including a DWI in which she had an accident and fled the scene.

When there is a fatal accident, it can be a shock to the family who has suffered the loss of a loved one. They will have to deal with the funeral and its expenses. The person who died might have been the one who earned a living and supported the rest of the family. It could have been a younger person just starting out in life or a beloved grandparent.

Regardless of who died in the wrongful death incident, there are a litany of issues that must be dealt with. When discussing the matter with the insurance company, they will often try to offer a settlement to avoid a legal filing. The offer is rarely sufficient to compensate the family for their loss.

In this case, the bicyclist was killed when a car crashed into him and left the scene. The driver was caught, but that won’t bring the decedent back. Given the circumstances with fatal car accidents, it’s important that the family of the victim knows how to move forward with litigation.

Source: WESH, “Woman, 27, charged in hit-`and-run that killed bicyclist,” Catherine Mejia, Nov. 11, 2014