Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to injury or death when they are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. A recent accident near Billings serves as a tragic reminder of this.
A 58-year-old man from Park City died on July 6 when a Chevy Impala hit his bicycle on Old Highway 10 near 1st Street NE. The victim was declared dead at the scene. The man’s 6-year-old grandson was cycling with him. The boy suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Billings. The Montana Highway Patrol indicated that the boy, who was wearing a helmet, was not directly struck by the car.
According to the Highway Patrol, speed was probably not a factor in the crash. The accident took place around 8:00 a.m., however, and a Highway Patrol trooper indicated that glare from the rising sun may have affected visibility. Both the automobile and the cyclists were heading east when the collision occurred. The Highway Patrol closed the road for several hours to conduct an investigation.
Cyclists injured in collisions with cars often suffer serious injury or death. Those who survive are in many cases left permanently disabled. If investigation reveals an accident was caused by a negligent driver, an injured cyclist can recover for their medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering in a personal injury lawsuit. When the accident is fatal, the next of kin can bring a wrongful death lawsuit and recover compensation, including damages for loss of support and loss of companionship.
Source: ktvq.com, “Park City man killed when car strikes bicycle,” Paul Humphrey, July 6, 2016