A 26-year-old Michigan woman is still in critical condition after the group of bicyclists she was riding with was struck by a car in Idaho Falls, Idaho last week. Another group member, a 22-year-old Virginia woman, was killed in the crash.
The group are members of the non-profit organization Bike & Build, which raises awareness and money for affordable housing, and were traveling cross country. The 27 bicyclists began their journey in Virginia Beach and were heading for Oregon when the tragic accident occurred.
They were traveling along U.S. Highway 26 when a 33-year-old Idaho Falls woman drove her 2005 Chevy Malibu into the two woman. Both victims were transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where the young victim from Virginia was pronounced dead. The victim who survived suffered multiple broken bones and an injury to her spinal cord. At this point, doctors are not sure if she will ever be able to walk again.
The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident, and are currently awaiting a toxicology report for the driver of the Malibu to determine if she as under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said these results could take up to three weeks.
According to national statistics, approximately 800 cyclists are killed every year when they are struck by cars. Another 50,000 victims are seriously injured. For those who are lucky enough to survive the collisions, the road to recovery is often a very long and painful one, and many victims never do fully recover from their injuries.
Some of the most common life-altering injuries suffered in bike crashes include traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord and neck injuries, fractured or severely broken bones, and skin and facial injuries. These injuries frequently lead to astronomical medical and rehabilitation costs, as well as lost wages. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the victim often suffers a poor quality of life.
If a family member has been killed or seriously injured in a bicycle crash caused by a negligent vehicle driver, contact a skilled Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse your family may have for your loved one’s death or injuries. Our personal injury firm also offers a free wrongful death guide for families who have lost a loved one in an accident. The guide covers topics such as the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim, what types of damages can be pursued, and who can be appointed as personal representative.