Louisiana residents are likely among the millions of Americans that enjoy bicycling, especially during the summer months. Drivers know it is important to watch for cyclists who are often integrated into vehicle traffic. When there are no bike lanes, cyclists must take extra caution to avoid injury or death from car accidents. Knowing hand signals to indicate intended maneuvers, wearing brightly colored or reflective clothing, and wearing a helmet are some of the ways cyclists can stay safe.
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of drivers and cyclists, car accidents sometimes claim the lives of cyclists, or leave them severely injured. Even if a cyclist is equipped with proper safety gear, he or she is no match in a collision with a larger faster vehicle. When a car crashes into a bicycle, the cyclist usually winds up getting the worst injuries.
In June, a Louisiana road became the scene of a tragic accident when a motorist struck five cyclists. One of the cyclists was killed, and another suffered serious injuries. The accident is currently under investigation, and police have yet to release the names of the victims or the driver responsible.
When car accidents kill or seriously injure cyclists, victims and their families may be overwhelmed by the circumstances that suddenly surround them. In addition to grief and emotional pain, victims — or their loved ones in the event of a fatality — must manage things like funeral expenses, insurance paperwork and extended care plans for serious injuries. On many occasions, people in this situation prefer to hire an experienced attorney to assist them as they deal with personal and legal difficulties that follow an accident.