Bicycle Accident Causes Fatal Injuries
Tulsa, OK (August 7, 2018) Early Tuesday morning, around 6:30 a.m., a bicycle accident occurred involving a truck on the I-244 near the I-44 interchange. Officials state that a 49-year old man named Allen Ray Ponder rode his bicycle in the highway as a truck headed eastbound in the middle lane. Apparently, the truck driver attempted to swerve left but still hit Ponder. The EMS transported Ponder to the hospital; however, he died due to severe injuries. More investigation will determine the cause of the accident.
Bicycle Accidents in Oklahoma
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents almost always result to bicyclists receiving severe or fatal injuries. Bicyclists do not wear enough bodily protection to shield their bodies from the impact of vehicles. The only armor they wear are helmets which do not suffice.
The most common cause of these accidents is distracted driving, speeding, and intersection merging. Distracted driving consists of using a cell phone, eating, conversing with another passenger, operating a GPS system, and anything else that takes the drivers’ attention off the road. Speeding is a threat to bicyclists because if a driver does not see a bicyclist in time, they’re unable to stop their vehicle before hitting the bicyclist. Intersection merging is responsible for bicycle accidents because most vehicles are not looking out for bicyclists even though they’re required to by law. Therefore, as they’re switching lanes they might not see a bicyclist initially, causing a collision to occur.
Once investigators determine why the accident occurred, Ponder’s family could pursue a wrongful death lawsuit with the help of an experienced attorney. No family should have to lose their loved one in a collision, especially if the accident was avoidable.
At McGuire Law Firm, we understand how tragic bicycle accidents can be for our clients and their loved ones. We know how life-threatening they are, which is why we commit one hundred percent to our clients’ needs to ensure they receive the maximum amount of compensation for their losses. If you, or someone you love, received injuries in a bicycle accident, call (405) 513-5658.