There may be many individuals who choose the added benefits that accompany the decision to travel via bicycle, such as having no fuel costs and providing a means of exercise. Unfortunately, there are also some inherent downsides to a similar form of travel and as bicycle riders have less in the way of protection, car accidents involving a cyclist run a greater risk of proving dangerous. A recent crash involving a bicycle in Montana has reportedly claimed the life of a 70-year-old man.
According to reports, the incident took place at around 2 p.m. on a recent Sunday. Initial investigations indicate that the driver of a westbound vehicle encountered the cyclist while approaching a curve in the road. Due to the presence of an oncoming car, the driver was unable to move over and pass the cyclist. Although the man was reportedly riding as close to the edge of the road as possible, the vehicle's mirror struck him shortly thereafter.
Law enforcement agents advised that the rider of the bike was rushed to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead just over 12 hours later. While cyclists have many of the same rights to the road as drivers of other vehicles, should the driver of a motor vehicle fail to adhere to the rights of a cyclist, the results can be disastrous.
Individuals who encounter the loss of loved ones in car accidents may find the experience difficult to accept. Following the crash, the surviving loved ones of the victim could choose to seek guidance on their available options for legal recourse from an experienced attorney. An attorney in Montana can examine the accident and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a claim against the party deemed responsible.