A man lost his life in a hit-and-run accident in Florida’s Clay County after a pickup truck struck the bike he was riding. The accident happened on a recent Sunday night. Police later stopped the man believed to have caused the fatal bike accident.
How the bike accident happened
The recent Florida crash occurred at about 9:10 p.m. Police said a male pickup truck driver was going south along a street and was directly behind a male bicyclist, 67. The right side of the pickup reportedly hit the man and knocked him onto the roadway. Authorities said the truck driver, 27, then fled the accident scene.
The bicyclist passed away from injuries sustained in the crash. Officials reported they later found the truck driver several miles away. The pickup driver suffered no injuries in the wreck.
How an attorney can help
The surviving loved ones of the motorcyclist may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the pickup truck driver who allegedly caused the Florida accident, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages sustained in the accident. If the pickup truck driver is charged with and criminally convicted of leaving the scene of the bicycle accident, proof of the conviction may be presented in civil court with the goal of establishing liability, which is necessary for a judge to decide the claim for damages. A successfully litigated claim might lead to financial damages to cover the motorcyclist’s funeral expenses and the loss of support for his surviving dependents.