Although cyclists may have many of the same rights to the road as drivers of motor vehicles, they do not share the same levels of maneuverability. As such, cyclists might not be as capable of quickly moving to safety should a nearby driver suddenly cross into their path. A recent car accident that took place at an intersection in Maryland has reportedly claimed the life of a 70-year-old cyclist.
According to reports, the incident took place as the cyclist was crossing through an intersection on a recent Monday morning. Authorities advised that as he passed through the intersection, he was suddenly hit by a southbound car. He was reportedly rushed to a hospital with severe injuries but passed away shortly after arrival.
Although the accident is under investigation, it remains unclear as to what might have caused it to take place. Even if cyclists have the right of way at an intersection, their safety could still be at risk should nearby drivers fail to spot them or fail to yield and allow them to cross. Cyclists who encounter such a potentially hazardous situation may also stand little chance of moving out of a vehicle’s path and there may also be little in the way of protective barriers to shield them from harm.
Regardless of how it occurs, a car accident involving a cyclist can have dire repercussions. Should an incident prove fatal, the surviving family members of the deceased may be left in search of advice on all their available legal avenues. Individuals in Maryland who experience loss under similar scenarios could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney for advice on their options and assistance in seeking restitution through a wrongful death claim.