According to Las Vegas police, a cyclist was struck and killed by a car in the east valley on Sunday morning.
Police stated that around 8:30 am they were called to the 100 block of Lamb Boulevard. There they found William McCarley, 62, dead at the scene. Investigators concluded that McCarley, who was riding a Mongoose mountain bike, was traveling on the street when he suddenly entered another lane. When he did so, he was hit by a 2008 Dodge Challenger driven by a 74-year-old man whose identity has not been disclosed.
The accident occurred near the spot of another recent cyclist-vehicle accident; however, the two incidents are not related. This is the sixth traffic-related death in 2015 in Metro’s jurisdiction.
Wrongful Death and Cycling
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 726 cyclists in the United States were killed in 2012 while another 49,000 were injured due to accidents with vehicles. These high numbers are alarming, leading many to advocate for better protection for cyclists with new laws and harsher penalties for those who break them.
If you have lost a loved one due to a bicycle-vehicle accident, you have legal options for pursuing compensation from the person responsible. When a driver acts negligently, such as engaging in drinking and driving or distracted driving, he or she can be liable for damages caused in an accident. When a driver hits a cyclist, no matter what the circumstances, it is possible that the driver is liable or responsible for damages. If the cyclist is killed, the family of the cyclist may file a wrongful death suit against the negligent driver.
If you have lost a loved one due to another driver’s negligence, the personal injury lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas can help you. With extensive experience building and trying personal injury cases, the team of lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson can ensure that all available legal remedies are pursued on behalf of your deceased family member, helping you and your family seek compensation for your loss.
Tips for Safer Cycling
To keep yourself and loved ones safe, consider taking a few precautions to guard against vehicle accidents:
- Safety in Numbers – Ride in larger groups, making yourselves far more visible to drivers
- Reflective Gear – Wear bright colors and reflective clothing, especially if you cycle at night
- Safety Gear – Always wear a helmet and consider other safety gear, such as adding extra mirrors and reflective/flashing lights to your bike
- Stay in designated lanes – Stay in your designated bike lane and avoid riding on the open road
By taking a few minor steps, you can better protect yourself from injury or death due to an accident with a vehicle.