It is no secret that individuals who travel via bicycle do not have the same level of protective barriers afforded to those who ride in a motor vehicle. As such, what appears to be a healthy alternative form of travel can be somewhat hazardous at times and cyclists run greater risk of suffering serious or fatal harm should a collision occur. According to reports, a driver is facing multiple charges following a recent collision that led to the apparent wrongful death of a 37-year-old cyclist in West Virginia.
Law enforcement agents advised that they responded to reports of the crash on a recent Monday afternoon. According to initial investigations, the incident occurred when the driver of a westbound vehicle suddenly crashed into a nearby cyclist. While speaking with authorities, the driver of the vehicle reportedly admitted that she was looking down at her phone when the incident took place.
Police advised that the cyclist suffered fatal injuries and passed away at the scene of the accident. Although the driver who caused the crash was taken to a medical facility for treatment, no further information was provided as to the nature of her injuries. However, police have stated that she is now facing numerous charges in relation to the crash, including involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide.
It can take little more than a moment of inattention on the part of a driver to leave family members mourning over a sudden and unexpected loss. Those who encounter such a scenario and wish to better understand all their available legal avenues could find it helpful to speak with an attorney for guidance on how best to approach the situation. Seeking guidance early on could help place a person in West Virginia in a much better position to seek the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim.