Just about every 13-year-old boy has a bicycle, and he will normally use his bike for everything from recreation to transportation. One common use of bicycles by boys of this age is to get to and from school. Yesterday, an area boy was doing just that at around 7 a.m. when a Henderson bicycle accident took place that prematurely claimed his life. The boy was not wearing a helmet at the time, and the details of the crash are gruesome.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Pueblo Boulevard, and according to witness accounts, the boy was heading in an eastward direction on Warm Springs when a minivan that was coming to the intersection from Pueblo Boulevard drove into the intersection for some reason and collided with the boy. The boy was thrown for a distance of 20 feet, and despite receiving immediate help from nearby witnesses, he was killed almost immediately.
At this point, the police have ruled out the presence of alcohol, drugs or reckless speeding as potential causes of the crash, but they also stated that the investigation is ongoing and that no final decision has been made in regards to potential criminal charges against the driver of the minivan.
This Henderson bicycle accident is just one of way too many such accidents that occur around the United States every year. On average, almost 700 people are killed and another 43,000 are injured in bicycle accidents around the country, and experts estimate that as many as 90 percent of these bicycle accidents involve collisions with vehicles that are much larger than any bicycle.
If the family of the boy who was killed decides to bring a legal action against the driver of the minivan, the case would likely be brought under the legal theory of wrongful death. These can be very difficult cases to bring for families given the emotion involved, so if you have lost someone before his or her time because of negligence, seek the help of a Henderson wrongful death lawyer who can capably handle the case for you and fight for your rights. Contact the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.