Bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers must share the road in Baton Rouge and across Louisiana, and they must do so in an attentive manner to ensure that accidents do not happen. Unfortunately, some drivers are reckless, negligent, under the influence of alcohol or drugs or distracted and do not keep an eye on vulnerable bicycle riders. This can cause a bicycle-car crash with catastrophic injuries and death. After a family has lost a loved one or there have been serious injuries, having legal advice is an important factor in pursuing compensation in a legal filing.
In some instances, these accidents involve people who are known in the community. Such was the case when a councilman in East Baton Rouge Parish died when his bicycle was hit by an SUV. Anthony “Buddy” Amoroso, 61, was with another man as they rode bicycles in single file. They were both hit by a Chevrolet Tahoe at around 11:30 a.m. Mr. Amoroso was declared dead at the scene of the crash.
The other rider was seriously injured and hospitalized. They both wore helmets. In their investigation, the male driver, 21, was not hurt. However, it was found that he had failed to reduce his speed or move away from the riders before hitting them. He was placed under arrest on several charges including negligent homicide.
After a fatal bicycle accident, there will be many issues that the family left behind must think about. That includes lost wages, lost companionship and more. If the victim was the breadwinner and held a prominent position, the amount of income that was lost could be substantial. The investigation into the accident is one of the most vital factors in a potential legal filing. Even if there were charges against a driver in the car crash, the family that experienced the loss should still be protected.
Following a serious of fatal crash, law firm experienced in car accidents can help. Victims or the loved ones of the deceased can obtain the answers they need to move forward, also helping with the collection of compensation for the losses and damages suffered.