A Colorado teen is in the hospital after being knocked off of a bicycle on July 16. As is often the case with bicycle accidents, the 17-year-old suffered head trauma when he or she was hit by a car. The teen's current condition and prognosis are not known.
The young bicycle rider was traveling east on Knobcone Drive in Loveland as a 19-year-old was traveling west on the same road in a car. As the two approached the intersection of N. Lincoln Avenue, the driver of the car began turning south. That is when the car and the bicycle collided. The driver of the car was not injured in the accident.
The intersection where the crash occurred was closed for several hours while the Loveland Police Department Technical Accident Investigation Team conducted the investigation of the scene. So far, it is not believed that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident, and no other information was forthcoming. When the investigation is complete, all of the evidence will be given to the district attorney's office which will determine whether it is appropriate to file charges based on the evidence.
Under Colorado law, victims of bicycle accidents may exercise their right to file personal injury claims. In this case, a parent or guardian of the teen would be the one to file such a claim on the teen's behalf since the victim is still considered a minor. Head injuries can be tricky, and recovery can often be slow and frustrating. Depending on how badly injured the victim is, the family could be facing either a long, but full recovery, or a long-term condition the teen will not be able to recover from easily, if at all. The family may be able to receive monetary relief for both the current and future medical expenses the victim may be facing.
Source: noco5.com, "Bicyclist Accident," Colleen Allison, July 17, 2013