July 15, 2016
Many bicyclists across the country have focused their attention on news of a tragic Western Michigan crash that took the lives of five bicyclists and seriously injured four others. It is one of the worst bicycle accidents in some time.
The accident happened in Cooper Township, just south of Grand Rapids, around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, according to CBS News.
Police Received Calls Before Crash
In the minutes before the fatal crash, various law enforcement agencies received complaints about a pickup truck traveling erratically. Police then searched for the pickup before the fatal accident.
One witness told a local reporter he was leaving a local park when he was nearly struck by the pickup truck. He did not have time to warn the bicyclists, and he witnessed the pickup strike the group of bicyclists soon thereafter.
After the vehicle struck the bicyclists, it reportedly spun around and came to a stop in a front yard. The 50-year-old male motorist reportedly fled the scene, although he was captured while on foot a short time later.
Emergency personnel transported four bicyclists with serious injuries to area hospitals, and five bicyclists died at the scene.
When bicyclists are injured or killed due to a motorist’s negligence of a driver, it is possible for victims and survivors to seek compensation for a variety of losses, including but not limited to, medical expenses, pain, suffering and lost wages. When a bicyclist dies, survivors often seek compensation for loss of companionship and burial expenses.
If you or a loved one is in a bicycle accident, it is possible to discuss the matter with a bicycle accident lawyer. Our firm does not charge for this consultation. To learn more about our legal services, please contact us.