Accidents between bicycle riders and vehicles often have devastating consequences for the bicyclist. Bicycle accidents are on the rise, and a recent one proved fatal for a Colorado man. The man was struck while riding his bicycle on Two Rivers Parkway near Weld County Road 396 in May. He was riding on the road shoulder, traveling south on his bike.
According to Colorado State Police, the accident occurred when the driver of a car crossed over the lane line and hit the cyclist. The driver was cited by police for careless driving causing bodily injury. The injured victim was taken to Denver Medical Health Center with severe injuries. He died on May 27 from brain injuries caused by the accident.
The cyclist in this case appeared as if he was doing everything properly. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the bicycle accident but still suffered critical injuries, including severe head trauma.
In a statement, the driver of the car said that he had regret and sadness over the accident. He extended deep sympathy to the family of the victim of the bicycle accident. Friends of the cyclist remembered the man as having a passion for bicycling and say he was a kind man with faith in God.
In Colorado, bicycle accidents are all too common an occurrence. Accident rates are up in Weld County this year and there have been 18 fatalities so far, compared with 12 at this time last year. In this case the accident may well have been caused by carelessness. The family of the victim in this case will certainly be interested in determining the exact cause of the accident, though it was not known if they wish to pursue a civil wrongful death claim under Colorado law. Wrongful death options are often pursued by families who wish to hold the responsible party accountable for their loss and often to serve as a deterrent for future negligence.
Source: Greeley Tribune, "Greeley cyclist dies after being taken off life support," May 29, 2012