By John Cooper, Virginia Trucking Accident Attorney
When trucks are involved in accidents with cyclists, the bicyclist almost invariably suffers the most serious injuries.
Sadly this proved to be the case in Ashland, Virginia this month when an 18-year-old cyclist who, according to media reports, was saving up to buy a car, was struck and killed by a tractor trailer.
The teenager was commuting 45 minutes to her new job at Subway off Lewistown Road and was on her way home when she was struck and killed.
Police say the cyclist was not wearing a helmet but suspect it would have made little difference. She was wearing reflective gear on her bicycle but was not wearing reflective clothing and did not have lights.
The media later reported on how a truck driver was charged with reckless driving following the fatal accident on Sunday.
“The investigation revealed that the cyclist was traveling northbound in the right hand lane of Washington Highway when a tractor trailer traveling the same direction collided into her. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash,” Ashland Police wrote in a news release. “It does not appear that alcohol or speed were a factor in the crash.”
This was a tragic accident and my thoughts are with the family of this young girl who lost her life.
When a truck driver is negligent or reckless, the family of a victim often has grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the insurance policy of the driver and the trucking company under some circumstances. Negligence by a driver can take numerous forms including speeding, running a stop sign or a red light , and drifting into a bike lane.
If you violate the basic duty of care you owe to other road users, you could face a lawsuit. Truck drivers need to always be aware that one mistake can be a matter of life and death for road users such as cyclists.
Cyclists should always make sure to be as visible as possible to other road users by using lights when riding at night and wearing reflective clothing and helmets.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a big rig in Virginia, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.