If Your Child Was Killed in a Bicycle Accident Caused by a Distracted Driver
Typically, riding a bicycle is a fun activity that can help a child achieve physical fitness and balance, but, in a series of tragic circumstances, this activity can become a deathtrap. Imagine the horror of learning that your teenager was killed during a bicycle accident caused by a driver who was too busy texting to watch the road. As tragic as this may sound, fatal bicycle accidents are more common than you might think.
In one heartbreaking moment, a delightful day at the park or along the front sidewalk of your apartment can become shrouded in tragedy, but resources are at your fingertips. If your child (or children) has wrongfully died as the result of a fatal bicycle accident caused by negligence and distraction, you will need the help of an attorney experienced in wrongful death lawsuits.
Some Face About Riding Bicycles in the US
Keep in mind that, in 2013, the State of Delaware ranked #11 among the deadliest states for bicyclists, with an average annual death rate of 2.4 per million residents.
With each passing year, more Americans are riding bikes through parks and along bike paths to achieve a healthier lifestyle and (simply put) to enjoy the views of a city or natural landscape. However, by law, bicyclists must adhere to the same road regulations as motor vehicle operators (not pedestrians).
Types of Bicycle Crashes
Based on the Bicycle Safety Guide provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), officials have established two types of bicycle accidents: falls (one of the most common and the most harmless) and collisions with cars (the most dangerous). Here are some facts about bicycle safety:
- No matter what season (fall, summer, etc.), fatal bicyclist accidents commonly occur between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM at a 20% rate on weekdays and a 26% rate on weekends.
- More fatal bicycle accidents take place in urban areas (71%) than rural areas (29%).
- Men are 5.6 times more likely to die in a bicycle crash than women.
- 35% of all fatal bicycle crashes in 2016 were directly linked to alcohol use.
Overall, in 2016 alone, 840 people died during fatal bicycle crashes in the United States, a disturbingly larger number than 829 in 2015.
For more information about road and traffic accident statistics, be sure to check out State of Delaware’s official Bike Council page.
Wrongful Death Actions in Delaware
If your child (or children) died as a result of an act of negligence or wrongdoing on the road and someone (or multiple people) can be held accountable for causing your loved one’s death, you have a viable wrongful death lawsuit on your hands. To determine liability, you must have evidence against the potentially guilty individual (or individuals) and ultimately prove they were responsible for inflicting fatal injuries on the victim(s).
Keep in mind that, under Delaware State Law, if the person is found guilty of causing the fatal accident, damages will be awarded to you and other members of the victim’s family (beneficiaries) proportioned to the extent of the injury that took place as a result of the wrongful death.
Your Legal Solution
Our attorneys at Edelstein, Martin, & Nelson are passionate about our practice and are knowledgeable in the laws, rules, and statutes surrounding an unfortunate DUI-related accident caused by a public transportation vehicle in the State of Delaware. We fight for the rights of every victim and the members of victims’ families and will help you receive justice for such tragic and unfortunate circumstances. If your child or children have died as a result of a fatal bicycle accident, contact our office at 800-300-0909 to file a malpractice lawsuit today.