Bicyclists in Louisville travel at elevated risk of accidents no matter the time of day. Cyclists traveling after the sun goes down can find that many sections of Louisville don’t have enough lighting to keep people on bikes visible to drivers and safe.
Riders can also struggle to find safe bike lanes in certain parts of the city. And even though bicyclists have as much right to the traffic lanes as any driver, riders must deal with motorists who are either ignorant of the law or don’t care.
Driver carelessness puts cyclists in danger every year in Louisville. The Governor’s Office found that each year Louisville recorded an average of 155 bicycle accidents involving vehicles. Almost 68% of those victims on bikes suffered injuries. Over the span of a decade, Louisville saw bicycle accidents claim a tragic 16 lives.
Two Bicyclists Struck By Vehicle In Louisville
One person on a bike tragically lost his life and another cyclist was injured after a car collision in southwest Louisville early Wednesday morning. The Courier Journal reported the accident occurred around 2 a.m. along the 7600 block of Dixie Highway on June 2, 2021.
Louisville Metro Police responded to the Pleasure Ridge Park Neighborhood and found that a male and female cyclist traveling northbound had been hit by a vehicle also heading north. The male victim was pronounced dead on the scene. The woman was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.
The Louisville Metro Police Department Traffic Unit has not released if they will be filing charges against the driver involved.
Help for Victims and Families After a Bicycle Accident in Louisville
Families can receive the news of a sudden loss of a loved one in a bicycle accident and almost immediately have to deal with the physical and financial hardships a tragedy can bring. While they should be allowed time to mourn their loss, close relatives can soon face the expenses associated with a funeral, emergency services charges, and estate settlement fees.
Families could also find themselves in financial distress after they’ve suddenly lost the financial support the deceased had always provided. In such difficult times, families can protect themselves by filing a wrongful death claim against an at-fault driver’s insurance company. This civil lawsuit can safeguard the family from financial hardships in the days after an accident and in the years to come.
For surviving bicycle victims, getting the best health care is absolutely vital. Then making sure the victim doesn’t get targeted by those medical bills is the next important step. A victim may file a claim for damages to ask for support for all medical bills and the care expected to be required in the future. This claim can also reimburse a victim’s lost hours at work missed while healing.
Contact a Louisville Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycle accident victims and their families often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. Insurance company agents like to try to shift blame in accidents to riders and claim they don’t have to help victims and their families. You need someone on your family’s side to help you level the field.
The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have a combined 100 years of experience making sure victims and their families are treated fairly. To discuss your case contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today.