A car accident that involves a bicyclist can often result in serious or fatal injuries. If the driver of the car is a drunk driver, that individual will likely also face criminal charges. In addition to criminal proceedings, the family of the accident victim may wish to file a civil claim against a driver considered at fault for a fatal bicycle accident.
It was reported that a Georgia accident took place when a bicyclist was riding on the roadway and a vehicle struck him. The driver of the vehicle reportedly did not remain at the scene of the incident. In addition, she apparently did not attempt to help the bicyclist before fleeing the scene. However, she was apparently later located by the authorities and charged in relation to the accident.
The bicyclist involved in the crash was reported as being a 59-year-old man. He suffered fatal injuries as a result of the accident. Due to the man's death, the woman was charged with vehicular homicide, and she was recently indicted on that charge. In addition, she faces allegations of driving under the influence, making a false statement and involvement in a hit and run.
The family of the victim involved in this Georgia accident will likely want to stay informed on the woman's criminal proceedings. If a conviction is secured, they could use that conviction as evidence if they wish to pursue a wrongful death claim against the drunk driver. Such a claim could help them seek compensation for their losses that are associated with the accident.
Source: savannahnow.com, "Guyton woman indicted in September traffic death of bicyclist near Godley", Jan Skutch, Nov. 18, 2015