Philadelphia is a city constantly on the move. Cars, Trucks, SUVs and Bicyclists often have to share the lanes.
In a study released by 24/7 Wall St., they ranked Philadelphia in the top ten for most dangerous cities for biking. In 2018, four bicyclists were killed along city streets. Flash forward to 2019 and the number dropped to two fatalities over the year.
Halfway through 2020, the city has already matched last year’s total after another recent tragedy.
Investigators were on the scene of a deadly bicycle accident on Kelly Drive Tuesday night July 8, 2020. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a white Acura struck the 18-yr-old victim. The victim was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Acura stayed on the scene. Investigators did not immediately charge the driver. Based on existing news reports at the time of this article, many details of the crash are unknown.
It’s the second fatal accident involving a Philadelphia bicyclist in less than a month’s time. In June, another teen rider, a 17-year-old boy, was struck and killed in the city’s Roxborough neighborhood.
As a family deals with their grief in the aftermath of a devastating accident, they may also wish to hold the at-fault driver responsible for his or her actions on behalf of the deceased. Family members of the victim can file a wrongful death case against the driver. To recover damages, the family member must show that the driver was negligent in his or her conduct, causing the death of the cyclist.
The sudden death of a family member from unanticipated causes is traumatic and devastating. Families are usually overwhelmed with the grief and hundreds of matters that need attention. However, it’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney after any bicycle accident involving a serious injury or a fatality. While not all motorists are responsible for all bike accidents, cyclists are often blamed for accidents and told by insurers that they were at fault, even if a driver was responsible or partially responsible.
Nearly all injury lawyers in Philadelphia offer free consultations. A good, local injury lawyer will listen to you and what happened and explain all of your legal options to you as well.
After any accident involving a serious injury or death, contact an injury lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle.