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Wrongful Death

Woman loses life in fatal accident involving bike, vehicle

A bicyclist was struck on State Rt. 32 in Saugerties, New York, recently. Authorities said the accident happened when the bicyclist, who was 19 years old, was hit by a vehicle that was traveling south at the time. Several agencies responded to the scene of the collision. The bicyclist died as a result of the crash, and police are continuing to investigate the cause of the fatal accident.

No one expects a life to be lost when someone sets out on a bicycle ride. Bicyclists have no shield of protection around them like drivers of vehicles have, so they are more likely to get hurt or killed in an accident that involves a vehicle on the road. Family members are taken by surprise when such an unforeseen event happens to a loved one.

In a situation where a bicyclist is killed in a car accident, the family has the right to seek financial restitution through a wrongful death lawsuit. Such action can help them cope with the tragic loss of their loved one, following the fatal accident. Drivers who strike pedestrians, including bicyclists, in New York, can certainly be held liable if it is established that they behaved recklessly or negligently behind the wheel.

The loved ones of the young man who died in this fatal accident in New York, can file a lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle that allegedly struck him. His family can pursue monetary damages, which can be used to cover medical costs, end-of-life expenses and emotional distress, resulting from the situation. Claims for financial reimbursement in such a case are decided by the state’s legal system.

Source: Saugerties Times, 19-year-old bicyclist killed in car accident, No author, Oct. 15, 2013

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