Wet conditions on roadways at night can require drivers to practice increased alertness and caution. The same precautionary concern may be taken by those who ride their bicycles in the same inclement weather. A local Montana man suffered a fatal brain injury from a bicycle crash involving a car on a rainy night recently.
Montana authorities have reported that the bicycle and vehicle were headed in the same direction on the same roadway when the accident occurred. Although the investigation has yet to reveal the specifics of the crash, the impact inflicted a serious brain injury on the bicyclist, which ultimately proved fatal. The collision took place on Montana Avenue in Helena.
According to court documents, the driver who is accused of hitting the cyclist with his car apparently left the scene after the collision. After a brief time, he returned on foot sans car. He is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident and has been charged with three felonies. They include failure to remain at the scene of an accident with serious injury, aggravated DUI and vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol.
Evidence reveals that the driver's blood alcohol level tested above the legal limit, which may engender serious legal repercussions. Regardless, the victim's surviving family must try to cope with the fact that their loved one lost his life as a result of the severe brain injury he suffered in the collision. They will surely press for answer as they struggle to come to terms with the tragedy. Should they elect to do so, they have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and any separate owner of the car he was operating at the time of the fatal crash.
Source: helenair.com, Local musician on bicycle hit, killed by suspected drunken driver, Sanjay Talwani, Sept. 26, 2013