Many people in Michigan support various charities and nonprofits. One common practice for those wanting to show their support is to take part in planned bicycle rides to raise money and awareness for a cause. Sadly, two bicyclists were killed and three others severely injured when a car crashed into a group while they were riding.
Around 11 a.m. on July 30, a group of cyclists rode along Stage Road in Ronald Township. They were heading south when the driver of an SUV traveling north attempted to pass a car in front of the SUV. When the vehicle crossed the centerline, it struck a group of five cyclists.
The cyclists were riding in support of Make-A-Wish Michigan’s 35th Annual Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour. One cyclist was killed at the scene, while another died shortly after being transported to the hospital. The other three riders suffered severe injuries. The driver of the SUV was arrested on two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death.
Apart from any criminal charges against the alleged at-fault driver, the surviving family of the two deceased cyclists and each of the injured bike riders can pursue compensation through wrongful death or personal injury claims, as applicable. These types of cases can be challenging to navigate and affected parties will need to work with an experienced personal injury attorney in Michigan for assistance. A lawyer will explain all of a client’s rights and options for pursuing recovery of monetary damages and advocate strongly to help them secure the maximum amount possible.