Many people in Michigan ride bicycles, whether for recreation or out of necessity for getting from one place to another. Although bicyclists have the same right to the road as vehicle drivers, they are sometimes hard to see, which can lead to collisions with cars. Because bicycles have no enclosures and are very light and fragile compared to cars and trucks, even a relatively minor crash can cause serious injuries that prove to be fatal. Such seems to be the case in a recent accident in Auburn Hills.
Not long after 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, a man was riding his bike along Opdyke Road when he was struck by a Jeep. The man was identified as 47 years old, and the Jeep’s driver was a 25-year-old female. No other vehicles or victims were involved.
At the scene, police and emergency personnel found the man unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away. Authorities do not know the reason for the crash, but they do not suspect drug or alcohol impairment on either party involved. They are asking for any witnesses to provide information regarding the crash.
Seeking monetary relief
As they reel from their loss, the man’s surviving family is likely concerned with how they will pay final expenses and other costs associated with the crash. Although the report said the Jeep driver remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities, that does not mean she is not liable for the accident and the man’s death. To gain a full understanding of their options for pursuing claims for monetary damages, the man’s family will want to consult with a personal injury attorney in Michigan.