Bicyclists are particularly vulnerable against other drivers on the road, especially when they encounter large vehicles like trucks and tractor-trailers. When an accident occurs involving a bicycle and one of these vehicles, or any vehicle, the consequences can be devastating and result in serious personal injury or even death. One California woman, unfortunately, fell victim to this sort of truck accident when she collided with an 18-wheeler while riding her bike in 2010.
The family of the victim has been seeking reimbursement for damages occasioned by her fatal accident through a wrongful death lawsuit. They filed suits against not only the trucking company but also against the county and the state for unsafe road conditions. In response to the family's suit against it, the trucking company also filed a lawsuit against the county and state for unsafe roads. Both suits against the county and state were eventually dropped. Reports say that the family and the trucking company have settled the lawsuit, but no details were disclosed.
The driver of the 18-wheel truck has been involved in two previous fatal collisions, but was not found at fault for those or this California collision. A truck accident may be caused by a number of factors, from driver negligence to unsafe road conditions to negligent safety precautions or vehicle maintenance of a truck company.
It was not said in a recent report what exactly caused this truck accident, but the matter has now been settled, and it is hoped the family can achieve some sense of peace and closure as they attempt to move on from the life-altering tragedy.
Source: Los Altos Town Crier, "Family reaches settlement in cyclist's wrongful death suit," Diego Abeloos, May 30, 2012