Tennessee roads can be dangerous for drivers riding in the largest of vehicles, but those riding bicycles are especially vulnerable. Due to their small profile, bicyclists can be difficult for drivers to see even in the best weather conditions. An accident between a car and bicyclist can often result in devastating consequences.
On December 2, 2015, a bicyclist lost his life in a hit-and-run accident in northeast Tennessee. The accident took place on a local road near Bristol, when officers state that a northbound vehicle struck a bicycle ridden by a 51-year-old man from behind. The driver of the vehicle involved in the wreck left the scene of the accident. It was determined that the bicyclist was wearing a bright sweatshirt, and that his bicycle had reflectors.
In the following months, police received several tips regarding sightings of a vehicle that could have been implicated in the wreck. After following the leads they received, investigators were able to find the vehicle and driver they believe were involved in the crash. A recent grand jury indictment stated that it found the alleged driver was involved in the death of another while driving on a public road or highway. It also concluded that the driver failed to stop his vehicle at the scene of the accident, and also tampered with evidence in the case, by concealing the vehicle.
Though the driver in this case is facing criminal charges, surviving loved ones of the victim can also file civil charges against him. There can be many unexpected expenses resulting from the death of a loved one, such as medical bills, funeral expenses and other damages. Those in Tennessee facing a similar accident could benefit from discussing their cases with a personal injury attorney. An attorney focusing in this area of law will be in the best position to discuss the many legal options available.
Source: heraldcourier.com, "Bristol man arrested in fatal hit and run", Robert Sorrell, Sept. 7, 2016