Many people prefer riding a bicycle to driving a car for a myriad of reasons. For example, riding a bike is good exercise, bikes are more environmentally friendly than even the most “green” car, and they are less expensive to maintain. However, there are dangers related to riding a bike on busy streets, such a being involved in a car accident. Austin readers will be saddened to hear that a cyclist was recently struck and killed as he rode his bike to work.
The 44-year-old Georgetown man was struck and killed on Interstate 35 on Dec. 19. According to authorities, the driver who hit him was attempting to change lanes and did not see the man on the bike. It was 6:45 a.m., and the road lacks lighting.
The bike rider was wearing a reflective vest and helmet but died from his injuries. His bike also had lights, but it is unknown whether the lights were working at the time of the accident. This was a highway, and cyclists are allowed to ride their bikes on the road even though there is no bike lane. The man who was killed was an avid rider and had previously approached the Texas Department of Transportation about adding bike lanes. TxDOT rejected his request.
No charges have been filed against the driver. However, even if the driver is found to not be criminally negligent, this does not mean he could not be found culpable in his death. A legal professional could advise anyone of their rights in this situation and help those people attain the financial relief they believe they deserve.
Source: KVUE, “Cyclist killed in Round Rock crash identified” Jade Mingus, Dec. 17, 2013