Though bicycling can offer an affordable way to travel while also providing a way to exercise, riding on or near roadways presents many dangers. Unfortunately, accidents involving a bicycle and a vehicle typically have harrowing outcomes for the bicyclist. Due to the little protection that those on bikes have against vehicles, it is not uncommon for fatalities to result.
It was recently reported that an accident in New Haven County claimed the life of one person. Apparently, the 25-year-old man was on a bicycle at approximately 4 p.m. when he was involved in a collision with a box truck. Authorities suspect that the bicyclist was traveling straight as the truck driver attempted to make a right turn. The collision took place as the truck was turning.
The bicyclist was transported from the scene by ambulance to a nearby hospital, but he regrettably did not survive the incident. The truck driver did not leave the scene of the accident and presumably did not suffer any injuries. The report did not mention whether any charges would be filed in relation to the fatal incident.
The family of the young bicyclist killed in this New Haven County accident is certainly dismayed over the news. Because such a loss can cause considerable challenges for surviving loved ones, they may find it useful to consider seeking compensation for damages from the driver considered at fault. Compensable damages often include funeral costs, final medical expenses, other monetary losses and punitive damages. The exact damages allowed can depend on the circumstances, so it is often wise to discuss such matters with legal professionals.