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Driver charged in Texas bicycle accident; victim dragged 2,000 ft

The most progressive cities across America have begun to change their roadways to provide space and a safe lane for bicyclists, and many have added bike rental stations to make environmentally-sound travel available to more of their citizens. Because of this, more people are traveling via bicycles than ever before. Unfortunately, bicyclists are easy for car drivers to miss, which can result in tragic consequences. A recent bicycle accident in Austin, Texas resulted in grave injuries to the cyclist and charges for the driver who hit her and dragged her with his vehicle.

According to authorities, a man was driving his truck when he allegedly struck a bicyclist when he was making a turn. Trapped under the vehicle, the woman was dragged for over 2,000 feet. The driver then left the scene and did not render aid or call for an ambulance. When investigators contacted him about the incident, the driver said he was not involved. However, further investigation proved that his assertions of innocence were false when a family member admitted that the man was the driver.

The victim suffered severe injuries that included the loss of most of one buttock, a part of her pelvis and caused her lower spine to become exposed. Many people who lived in the neighborhood heard the woman's screams and cries for help. The driver denies hearing anything and only feeling a slight bump while he took the turn. The victim remains in the hospital, and the staff caring for her have expressed doubts that she will survive her injuries.

The driver in this situation faces criminal charges, but families and victims in similar situations can rightfully pursue wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits against the driver in civil court. This may allow them to seek reimbursement for medical bills, loss of income and expenses that were incurred as a result of the bicycle accident. Speeding, driving while distracted, failing to yield or stop, or disobeying any other rule of the road could be considered negligent or reckless behavior, depending on the situation. An attorney who is well-versed in Texas traffic laws would be able to guide a victim or family in how to pursue restitution.

Source: kvue.com, "Cyclist dragged 2,000 feet, driver charged", Nicole Rosales, April 4, 2016

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