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Victim of fatal bicycle accident in Texas identified

There is a growing number of cyclists on the road and that means that both drivers and cyclists alike need to be more cautious of their surroundings. A recent fatality in Texas involving a bicyclist is again bringing attention to drivers the need to keep their eyes open for these cyclists sharing the road. The bicycle accident happened earlier this month in Round Rock as two men were headed to work.

The victim, first reported to be a male in his 40s, was later identified as a 44-year-old man from Georgetown. The accident occurred in the early morning hours on a local service road when a car struck the man on his bike. The cyclist, while reportedly wearing a helmet, died at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the car, who waited for police to arrive, was supposedly switching lanes when he hit the cyclist and reportedly claimed not to see him. Speed and/or alcohol do not appear to be contributing facts in this case according to local authorities. It is unknown if any charges are pending.

A bicycle accident can have serious or fatal consequences for the victims and their families. In this particular case having resulted in fatality, the victim's family may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver of the car. If he is found negligent in the cause of the crash and liability is proven before a Texas civil court, the family could be granted pecuniary compensation for their loss and to help them recover any financial damages that may have been a result of the event.

Source: statesman.com, Bicyclist, driver identified in fatal Round Rock crash, Claudia Grisales, Dec. 17, 2013

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