A bicyclist recently killed in a fatal car-bicycle collision in the 1400 block of Hartman Road has been identified as Maureen Quigg of Fort Pierce. The Fort Pierce accident occurred at about 6 p.m. two blocks away from the bicyclist’s home on Hartman Road, a two-lane access road between Okeechobee Road and Orange Avenue.
The police report says the 43-year-old woman was bicycling south on Hartman Road when she was struck by a Chevy Impala driven by Robert Matthews of Port St. Lucie. The motorist, a 33-year-old resident of the 400 block of Willows Avenue, was also going south when he struck the bicycle on the west side of the road.
The impact of the collision between the vehicle and the bicycle threw the cyclist onto the roadside. Maureen Quigg was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
Motor Vehicle Bicycle Collisions
Although solo crashes are more common than collisions between an automobile and a bicycle, the biggest fear of every cyclist is having a collision with a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, even a careful cyclist can be involved in a collision as motorists and bicyclists constantly compete for road space.
Statistics released by the U.S. Census in September 2009 showed a significant increase of the number of people riding bicycles in recent years. The bicycling community has increased by 43% nationwide between 2000 and 2008. A study conducted by the Bicycle Almanac suggests that as many as 92% of all vehicle-bicycle collisions are the fault of the motorist and not the cyclist.
Common situations that can lead to a collision between a motor vehicle and a bicycle are:
- Driver emerges into the cyclist’s path
- Driver turns across the cyclist’s path
- Cyclist and driver go straight ahead
- Cyclist rides into the path of a vehicle, often riding off a pavement
- Cyclist turning from a major or a minor road
- Aggressive passing
- Failure to yield
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Drunk Driving
People injured or lost their loved one in a bike accident due to the negligence of a motorist must be aware of their legal options. This will enable them to approach the impending legal situation in a timely manner and in the most productive way, giving them a greater chance of obtaining full and fair compensation.
There are several reasons why a lawsuit may become the next logical step to take, such as if the motorist drove away after the accident, if the motorist disputes negligence, and if the insurance company refuses to pay for the cyclist’s legitimate losses. It’s important for injured victims to keep in mind that in order to recover damages, the responsibility of proving that the motorist was at fault lies with the claimants and their personal injury attorney.