No one was able to explain why the cyclist was riding in the middle of Seven Mile Lane. A left turning pickup, coming off Hopper Road, hit him, dragging the elderly cyclist under the truck and into a ditch on the other side of the road. The truck and the cyclist came to an abrupt stop upon hitting a chain-link fence.
When people hear about an accident involving a truck, most automatically think the collision involved two vehicles. That is not always the case.
The Harris County Sheriff’s report indicated that the elderly bicycle rider was hit by a pickup truck and died at the scene. The accident happened in north Harris County between Hardy Toll Road Freeway and US 59 – Interstate 69.
Seventy-nine-year-old Lorenzo Guerra had started to ride a bicycle after he was hit by a car in 2013.
Some cyclists are fortunate enough to survive their accidents, and are therefore able to file a lawsuit asking the courts for damages for their injuries. In this case, the Guerra family might consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking compensation for the loss of a father and grandfather.
Cases such as this one need to be discussed with a competent injury lawyer. Each case, and its possible resolution, depend solely on the facts presented. In this instance, there are a number of factors involved that an attorney would need to know, including whether or not the truck driver was inebriated, driving while distracted or speeding.
Never attempt to settle cases like this by dealing directly with insurance companies. Their main concern is diminishing or denying claims. An experienced attorney can hold them accountable and obtain fair compensation.