A number of states, including Texas, have a "share the road" law, meaning bicycles are to be treated the same as a motorized vehicle on the road. Motorists who do not follow this law are in great danger of causing a fatal accident. One cyclist was recently killed in an early morning fatal accident.
At approximately 1:45 a.m., a 22-year-old was behind the wheel of his pickup truck and drove through a red light. Coming through the intersection on his bicycle was a 29-year-old male. The truck collided with the bicycle, with the impact seriously injuring the rider. By the time emergency vehicles reached the hospital, the cyclist had died.
Police determined the truck driver's reflexes were impaired, as he had been drinking before heading out on the road. He had also been speeding without his headlights on to illuminate the road in front of him. He is currently in the county jail with bail in the amount of $50,000 set for the charge of intoxication manslaughter against him.
This man and many others who have been convicted of committing similar infractions after a fatal accident have to live with consequences of their actions for many years to come. As they may face time in jail, huge fines and possible difficulty finding employment with a record, the victim's family is having to live the rest of their lives without someone they treasure. For some families, that could also mean the loss of their main financial provider, driving them into economic anxiety. Many find a Texas attorney who will guide them in the process of filing a wrongful death lawsuit that -- if an award is received -- could bring the financial relief and closure they need.