A man was struck and killed by a car Thursday night while riding his bicycle just west of the Longview city limits, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Police say a 21-year-old Longview man was driving an Acura Integra westbound on Ocean Beach Highway near 46th Avenue around 11 p.m. when he struck a 55-year-old Longview man on a bicycle. The bicyclist was crossing Ocean Beach Highway when the collision occurred.
The driver and his 23-year-old passenger were not injured in the crash. The car was totaled.
The bicyclist was declared deceased at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation.
Fatal Bike Accidents in Washington State
In any bicycle accident, the police will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident. While no amount of money can bring back a loved one after a fatal accident, relatives can recover damages via a wrongful death suit.
After a fatal crash, you will need to prove that the motorist involved in the incident was negligent. The driver was negligent if:
The driver owed the cyclist a duty of care
Motorists are responsible for operating a vehicle safely at all times. That means bicyclists as well.
The driver breached the duty of care
In circumstances where the driver failed to act like a responsible driver would in a similar situation, then the driver breached the duty of car. Common examples include texting and driving, speeding, running a stop light, etc.
The driver’s breach of duty of care caused the cyclist’s death
Simply, the bicyclist would not have died if not for the actions of the driver.
Family members have the right to seek damages
Washington state law allows people with certain relationships to the deceased to recover damages after a fatal accident.
Have an Experienced Attorney on Your Side
Bicycle accident wrongful death cases can be challenging because they may require lengthy and detailed investigations. It is extremely important to collect as much evidence as possible to bolster your case. That includes police reports, photographs, contact information for others involved in the crash, eyewitness contact information and medical/coroner reports.
An experienced wrongful death lawyer who has also successfully handled bicycle accident cases will be able to analyze all facets of the case, determine the damages and fight for your rights every step of the way.
The wrongful death lawyers at Davis Law Group, P.S., in Seattle operate on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge you any fees or costs until we secure compensation for you. We understand the financial and emotional challenges your family is facing during this difficult time. For a free case evaluation, contact us at (206) 727-4000 today.