While bicycles have been around for a long time, it seems that in recent years, more and more people are turning to bicycles as a mode of transportation or simply as a leisure activity. In addition to being more cost-effective than a motorized vehicle, cycling is both environmentally friendly and a great form of exercise. Unfortunately, sometimes cyclists and drivers find difficulty in sharing the road, and accidents can happen, and often, they do not end well for the cyclist. Such was the case when a hit-and-run bicycle accident on a Texas road resulted in a death.
The accident happened late on a recent afternoon. According to witnesses, a man was riding his bicycle in the bike lane when a woman drove her SUV into the lane. Apparently, the vehicle rear-ended the bicycle and then left the scene. Police found the mangled bike and its rider 40 yards from where they believe the impact occurred, his belongings strewn about the road. The man, said to have been a respected local surgeon, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A short time later, police identified the SUV involved through damage in line with what would likely have occurred during the accident. They pulled the vehicle over and questioned the driver. She claimed she thought she had hit debris on the side of the road, which frightened her, so she fled the scene. She now faces charges of intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid resulting in death.
Although it appears this man was riding his bike in the correct lane, sadly, he lost his life in a bicycle accident that appears to have happened due to the reckless actions of a driver. If the evidence indicates that this driver was at fault, which certainly seems to be the case, the victim's family has the right to pursue the matter in Texas civil court, separate from any criminal charges. If successfully litigated, a wrongful death lawsuit could result in monetary compensation to cover unexpected expenses, such as funeral costs and lost income.