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Hit-and-run bicycle accident results in death of Texas man

Similar to pedestrians, bicyclists riding along a Texas roadway are easy for those driving a motor vehicle to miss. This can result in serious consequences when a bicycle accident occurs. Hit-and-run accidents in Texas continue to claim the lives of cyclists, and they often result in significant legal consequences for the drivers responsible.

According to police, a recent accident caused the death of a cyclist in Red Oak. The accident occurred in the Dallas suburb at approximately 11:30 p.m. on August 7. Police responded to a call describing the auto-bicycle wreck and, upon arriving, found a 53-year-old man lying in a ditch beside the road. The person who reported the crash apparently observed two cars stopped on the road close to the scene of the accident, but then saw the vehicles flee the scene.

The bicyclist suffered many injuries and was taken by helicopter to a local hospital. He ultimately passed away at the trauma center. Police then obtained a warrant for an individual who they believed was driving the vehicle responsible for the accident and arrested the 38-year-old man. He is currently in jail and waiting to be arraigned.

Though the driver has not yet been convicted of criminal charges, the surviving loved ones of the man can rightfully pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in civil court. This may allow them to seek reimbursement for medical bills and expenses incurred as a result of a fatal accident such as this. Families facing a similar bicycle accident in Texas will often seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. An attorney who is well-versed in local and state laws will be able to help guide the family in how to pursue restitution and justice.

Source: CBS DFW, "Man Arrested In Hit And Run Fatality Accident", Aug. 19, 2016

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