Riding your bike can be a great way to get exercise, cut down on commute expenses, and to simply get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately, this well-favored hobby isn’t always the safest choice.
On Sunday, July 21, a bicyclist from Washington state was riding along the Montana Highway 2 when he was struck by a vehicle and killed. According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the cyclist was hit by the side mirror of a passing RV, a motorhome. The RV was driving on the same side of the road as the bicyclist when another vehicle approached from the opposite side. The RV driver attempted to move over on the two-lane highway to make room for the cyclist, but failed to do so, causing the RV mirror to strike the cyclist from behind.
The 70-year-old cyclist died from his injuries at the crash around 2:00 p.m. that same day.
Authorities say that the bicyclist, whose name has not yet been released, was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and no drugs, alcohol, or excessive speeding were factors in the accident. To read more about this incident, visit the Great Falls Tribune online.
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are all too common in the United States, and ultimately lead to about 700 deaths each year. Wearing helmets, abiding by traffic laws, and riding on marked paths can certainly help increase your safety on a bike, but accidents can still happen. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, or if someone you love was killed while biking, our firm may be able to help you seek justice and compensation.
If your accident was caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence, we can help you hold the liable party accountable for their actions. Our team at Hoyt & Blewett PLLC is passionate about fighting for the rights of the wrongfully injured, and we want to help you too.
Contact Hoyt & Blewett PLLCtoday to get started on your case.