New Orleans, LA- Each year in the U.S. hundreds of bicyclists are killed in collisions, involving cars and large commercial trucks. In 2011, 677 bicyclists died in traffic accidents and an additional 38,000 were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of those fatalities occurred in New Orleans earlier this month as tractor-trailer turned into the path of a bicyclist.
The Times-Picayune reported that on the night of July 17th, a bicyclist traveling in bike lanes of the Marigny district when he struck a right turning tractor-trailer. The front tire of the 55 year-old man’s bicycle became wedged between the tires of the tractor-trailer. He was pulled under the truck and run over by its wheels. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The New Orleans Police Department did not cite or charge the truck driver, but noted their investigation is ongoing. They are waiting for the results from chemical tests to rule out driver intoxication.
In this particular accident, it’s likely that the truck driver didn’t see the bicyclist, but the reality is all drivers must yield to bicyclists using the approved bike lanes. The bicyclist has the right of way which means tractor-trailer and car drivers must allow bicyclists to pass before making their turn.
Truck driver negligence may have not been in a factor in this New Orleans accident, but it plays a large role in thousands of truck accidents each year. When you enlist the help of one of our New Orleans truck accident attorneys, you can have confidence that they will fight for your rights, and aggressively pursue a negligent truck driver for compensation on your behalf.
It is true that bicyclists are responsible for a percentage of vehicle-bicycle collisions, but for a large majority, the motorist is at fault. There are a number of driver behaviors that put bicyclists at risk of injury or death. Those behaviors include:
Dangerous turns: Bicyclists are often put at risk of injury or death at intersections. Drivers may unaware or the presence of a bicyclist and turn into their path, whether they are turning right or left. Because t
Dangerous passes: Cars or trucks can underestimate their distance from a bicycle when they attempt to pass and are in danger of knocking the rider over onto the side of the road or strike them.
Stopping suddenly: Brakes on trucks and cars are much more powerful than the brakes on a bicycle. When sharing the road with a bicycle or they are being tailed, they need to brake slowly so the rider has time to stop.
The injuries suffered by the victims of vehicle-related crashes are often much more severe than collisions between two vehicles. Brain injuries, spinal injuries and broken bones are common accidental injuries for bicyclists. Sometimes these injuries can be so severe that the victim may need months or years to recover from. In the worst case, truck accident victims never fully recover from their injuries. Treating a serious injury can be costly, but the truck accident attorneys at USA Attorneys want you to know you don’t have to shoulder those costs alone. They will use everything in their power to assure you get a generous and just injury settlement.