Many people in Virginia use a bicycle to commute to work. This practice is common among teenagers who are too young to drive a car and work at a business within a distance that can be easily covered on a bicycle. Sadly, tragedy strikes too often when bicyclists fall victim to accidents with motor vehicles using the same roads. The outcome is usually far worse when an accident involves a larger vehicle, such as a tractor trailer.
A similar incident played out recently in Ashland, Virginia when according to news reports, an 18-year-old woman riding home from work died when her bicycle was struck by a tractor trailer. Police arrested the 61-year-old truck driver after the incident with reports stating that the driver was charged with reckless driving. The possibility of further charges exists once officers complete their investigations. However, authorities said that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
In the event of accidents where a large truck hits a smaller vehicle, the occupants of that smaller vehicle are always at greater risk of sustaining severe injuries. In fact, it is not uncommon for the consequences of a truck accident to be more damaging than an accident involving smaller vehicles because the sheer size and heavy weight of large trucks intensifies the impact.
Thankfully, truck accident victims have the right to claim compensation, the same as any other auto accident victim. However, pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim in the aftermath of a truck accident may not be easy for victims and their families who are already experiencing difficult times. Therefore, an experienced personal injury attorney can help by representing the accident victim to obtain rightful compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Source: WRIC.com, “Teen cyclist dies after being struck by tractor trailer in Ashland,” Emily Satchell, June 8, 2015