A cyclist was riding west on E. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a 2010 Acura struck the cyclist killing him. The accident happened around 11:50 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2019, near North 15th Street. Police at the scene say that the 60-year-old cyclist had the proper lights on his vehicle and was riding in the far right-hand part of the lane next to the curb when he was struck.
The driver of the Acura drove away from the scene for about three blocks and came back to the scene. Police administered a sobriety test which determined that he had a BAC of .129 which is well over the limit of .08 where the law presumes that someone is impaired. The driver is being held without bail on charges of DUI and manslaughter.
Impaired Driving Bicycle Accidents
Driving while impaired remains a problem today even after decades of improvement. In the U.S., around 10,000 people die each year from accidents involving impaired drivers which is around 25 percent of all traffic fatalities. Each year about 100 cyclists die from a impaired motorist which is also a significant percentage of all cyclists killed by vehicles.
Not all alcohol-related cyclist deaths are from drunk motorists, as the NTHSA reports that 141cyclists die each year with a BAC greater than .08. Not all impaired cyclists were necessarily at fault in their accidents, but impairment does lower one’s ability to drive defensively and make good decisions.
Cyclist DUI Injuries
These statistics show that a cyclist especially at risk of an alcohol related crash when out in the public streets. When a cyclist gets hit by a car that outweighs it by around 20 times, the results are not typically good for the cyclists.
When a cyclist is in an accident with a vehicle, there are usually two collisions, the first with the vehicle and the second with the pavement. Because of this dynamic, there are typical injuries that cyclists endure when injured in an accident. Some of these are:
- Head Injuries: Although a helmet can provide some protection, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and brain damage are all common in vehicle-cyclist crashes.
- Broken Facial Bones: Unfortunately, a helmet doesn’t cover the cyclists face, and many times this leaves the cyclist with facial injuries in a crash.
- Broken wrists: Any part of the arms are susceptible to breaks, but many times the rider will squeeze tight on the handle bars in anticipation of a crash and cause a break in their wrists.
- Chest Compression/Ribs: Many riders are thrown forward into the handle bars and risk breaking ribs or trauma to the chest region.
Do I need and Attorney?
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, whether in a car, walking or riding a bike, don’t go it alone. First, take care of your immediate medical needs, then talk to a professional who can assess your case and help you get compensation for your injuries.
Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.