Bicycle accidents can lead to severe injuries, especially when they involve a collision with a car, SUV or even something as big as a truck or tractor-trailer. Victims can be hurt in the initial impact and they can often be left in an unsafe spot that puts them at risk of another collision.
These accidents are usually the fault of a careless driver not paying enough attention to the road to see a defenseless rider. Bicyclists have every right to be in the lane, but drivers often don’t respect that right and travel ahead without showing due caution. The situation is made all the more heartbreaking when a driver hits someone and then speeds away to avoid accepting responsibility.
A mistake by a distracted driver can leave victims and their families to face the devastating consequences.
Bicyclist Dies in Tragic Louisville Hit-And-Run Accident
A bicyclist was killed after being struck by two vehicles in south Louisville early Wednesday morning. WDRB-TV reported the accident happened around 1:30 a.m. on National Turnpike near Tolls Lane on November 19, 2020.
Louisville Metro Police say the victim was first hit by a semi. The truck driver stayed on the scene and called 911 while the cyclist lay in the roadway. The semi driver then tried to flag down an approaching car to warn the driver of the bicyclist in the road, but that driver also struck the cyclist. The car’s driver then left the scene and did not return.
Investigators are looking for a white or light silver Saturn Aura. It’s believed to be a 2007 to 2009 model and may have damage to its right front corner. If you have any information regarding the driver please contact the Louisville Metro Police.
Wrongful Death Compensation for Families After a Bicycle Accident
Families forced to endure the tragic news of a lost loved one will, understandably, be in shock. A hit-and-run driver can intensify the grief because families can be left to wonder how justice can ever be served if the driver can’t be located.
The family may need a helping hand in this difficult situation. They’ll be facing potential ambulance and hospital bills, funeral costs, and other expenses just as a deceased victim’s financial support provided to the family through his or her job is no longer available. In these cases, families are allowed to file a wrongful death claim against at-fault drivers and their insurance companies.
Close relatives like a spouse or domestic partner, children of the deceased, and in some cases, parents can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family.
If one or more of the drivers involved in the accident are never located and arrested, a family can still hope to get compensation. The victim’s uninsured driver coverage on his or her own car insurance policy can provide financial reimbursement to the family. This compensation can cover hospital and funeral costs and also provide for family members in the years to come by factoring in the loss of financial and emotional support the victim would have provided.
Contact a Louisville Wrongful Death Accident Attorney
When families are forced to deal with insurance companies after a tragedy, they can be taken advantage of and be tricked into signing away fair compensation for their loss. Don’t let insurance agents rob you and your family of the money you’ll need to ensure financial stability now and in the future.
Talk to a Louisville Wrongful Death Attorney you can trust to be on your family’s side and fight for your fair compensation. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the compensation the family will need to protect their future. To discuss your case, Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, or click here to contact them online.