Five bicyclists are dead and another four are seriously injured after a
pickup truck plowed into a group of riders yesterday on North Westnedge
Avenue in Kalamazoo. The suspected drunk driver, a 50-year-old resident
of West Michigan, is currently in custody and will likely face criminal charges.
According to coverage provided by the
Detroit Free Press, police had received multiple 911 calls about the suspect’s erratic
driving. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, the sheriff’s
department, and the Kalamazoo Township Police Department responded by
dispatching officers to attempt to find the truck. They did not find it in time.
Five of the bicyclists were killed at the scene, among them a nurse and
a field researcher. Two other cyclists were transported to a local hospital,
where they are still in serious condition. The community is still reeling
from the deaths of six people in the Kalamazoo shootings, which occurred
less than four months ago.
We at Goodman Acker P.C. are deeply saddened to hear about this accident
and extend our condolences to the families and friends of all those affected
by this senseless tragedy.
Kalamazoo Strong Organization is currently accepting donations to help the victims and families of the
bicyclists killed or injured. We encourage you to join us in showing your support.
Your Rights After a Bicycle Accident
When vehicles collide with vulnerable bicyclists, the damage can be great.
Most often, these types of accidents are caused by the negligent actions
of a driver who isn’t paying attention. Driving while drunk, driving
while distracted, speeding, or merging without looking or signaling are
some of the most common ways that bicyclists end up getting hurt at the
hands of another. In situations like these, the at-fault driver can be
held financially responsible for the damage they have caused. In some
cases, as in the current situation in Kalamazoo, the driver may also be
held criminally liable for causing serious bodily injury or death.
If you have been hurt in an accident, you should be aware that you have
the right to seek legal counsel and potentially file a personal injury
lawsuit against the careless person who caused your injuries. While nothing
can truly absolve a negligent driver of responsibility, seeking financial
compensation can help offset the costs of expenses including medical bills,
rehabilitation, lost income and/or earning capacity, pain and suffering,
and more. If an accident results in the death of a bicyclist, the victim’s
family has a right to seek compensation in the form of a wrongful death
lawsuit. Loss of companionship, loss of support, funeral and burial costs,
and emotional anguish are among the damages that surviving family can
seek from the at-fault party.
For more information, we invite you to
contact a Detroit personal injury lawyer at Goodman Acker P.C.