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Bike versus car accidents: Cyclists have no hope

In a period of only five days, three cyclists in North Carolina have been hit by other vehicles. The cyclists in the first accident, which happened on a recent Monday in October, are still in the hospital. A young father was killed in the second accident, which occurred at about 6:37 p.m. on the Friday after. These two tragic accidents once again prove that in bike versus car accidents, the cyclists involved stand no chance.

In the Monday accident, two female cyclists were struck by a driver of a pick-up truck. It is reported that one victim remains in the hospital in a critical condition and on life support.  Doctors do not expect her to survive. The second cyclists, a 55-year-old woman, was also seriously injured, but her condition has improved and she is expected to recover. The driver of the vehicle now faces two charges of felony hit-and-run

The second accident resulted in the death of a 36-year-old father of two. He was killed instantaneously. Unlike the first accident, the driver of the vehicle in this accident stopped and called 911. This accident is currently still being investigated.

North Carolina law provides the victims seriously injured in car accidents the choice to file a personal injury claim, while the legal estate of a deceased victim may institute a wrongful death claim. A successfully litigated claim may result in the award of monetary damages to the victim or family, upon proof of driver negligence as root cause of the accident. A personal injury claim can assist the victim in meeting unexpected costs arising from the accident, such as medical costs. Families may find relief in the award of damages after the death of a loved one. Such damages can assist with the unexpected financial burdens, such as burial and funeral costs and loss of income, resulting from the accident.    

Source: wncn.com, "Dad riding bicycle hit and killed in Apex; 2nd serious crash in 5 days in Wake County", Oct. 23, 2016

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