According to U.S. News & World Report, authorities are searching for the motorist who struck a bicyclist on U.S. 90 and continued driving, leaving the victim to die from injuries he sustained. Louisiana State police claim the hit-and-run collision occurred before dawn approximately 30 miles southwest of New Orleans.
Investigators determined that the 60-year-old cyclist was riding on the shoulder of the highway’s eastbound lanes when a vehicle struck him from behind and kept driving. The motorist allegedly drifted out of the lane and onto the shoulder right before the crash.
Police have reason to believe the vehicle that struck the accident victim was a GMC Envoy with front damage. They have asked anyone who might have information regarding the incident to contact them.
If you sustained serious injuries in a cycling crash with a drunk, distracted, or reckless motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Contact Laborde Earles Law Firm to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim.
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A compassionate car accident attorney on our team will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on your health. Call (337) 777-7777 to schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in Alexandria.
How Can Cyclists Stay Safe When Riding in Traffic?
Depending on where you live, cycling can be a great way to cut down on transportation costs while getting in some quality exercise. Unless you have access to bike paths, though, you probably ride in traffic on a fairly regular basis.
Even when riding on streets with designated bike lanes, cyclists are at risk of getting in a catastrophic collision. Although you may not have any control over the motorists on the road around you, there are ways to prevent devastating accidents.
Read on to learn how you can stay safe when riding in traffic:
- Be Predictable
Try to ride in a predictable manner, and do not make any sudden maneuvers unless absolutely necessary. If you do something that the motorists around you have not anticipated, they may not have time to react, and a crash could result.
- Make Eye Contact
Even in scenarios where you have right of way, you should never assume passing motorists will respect it. If possible, always make eye contact with nearby drivers before cutting across traffic to ensure they see you and have acknowledged your right to proceed.
- Dress with an Eye for Safety
Always wear brightly colored clothing with reflective stripes, even when riding in the middle of the day. This will help improve your visibility and increase the chances that nearby motorists will see you.
Unfortunately, you can follow all the tips above and still end up in a cycling accident. If a negligent motorist struck you, turn to Laborde Earles Law Firm.
Our award-winning legal team is relentless when it comes to securing compensation for accident victims. Call (337) 777-7777 to schedule a free consultation with a car accident attorney in Alexandria.