With drunk driving and distracted driving an ever-present threat, navigating Oklahoma's roads can be a dicey prospect. But as dangerous as it is to drive our highways and byways, biking them can be even more perilous. Where drivers are protected by their vehicles, bicyclists are completely vulnerable; a collision is likely to end up with the bicyclist on the pavement, in a hospital bed or a casket.
On a day in late January in Moore, Oklahoma one woman was riding her bike when she was hit by an SUV. The accident happened around the train track near 4th Street. The 52-year-old woman was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment but she eventually succumbed to her injuries.
Oklahoma authorities are conducting an investigation in the accident. Officials have not said whether distraction or intoxication played a role in the crash.
The woman leaves behind family and friends who are emotionally devastated at the loss of their loved one. Her family is also now burdened with medical expenses for her treatment and funeral costs to give her a burial.
In cases like these it's important to remember that the victim's family can file a suit, regardless of whether charges are filed against the driver of the SUV. In a civil court, families like the one in this case may be able to get compensation. This may not ease the emotional heartache, but it can help with the financial devastation that follows a loss like this one.
If you've lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, your best move may be to consult with a personal injury attorney. He or she can look into the case and may be able to help you get damages.
Source: news9.com, "Moore Police ID Bicyclist Killed in Monday Morning Crash," Laura Hendrix, January 30, 2017