Motorists must be aware of bicyclists, and not just for liability reasons. When a bicyclist is hit by a car, they have much less protection than the driver. The chance of death is much higher.
Fortunately, the cyclist in this case is stable, but is still in critical condition. KATC reports that the accident happened at the intersection of NW Evangeline Thruway and Chalmette Drive in Lafayette. The cyclist was crossing the intersection when he was struck.
LA DOTD shut down US 167 South at I-49 South while the investigation proceeded. It has since reopened. There were no further details about the accident in the article.
One important question investigators will need to find out is whether or not the cyclist was crossing with or against the light. If the cyclist was breaking traffic laws while crossing the road, their chances of getting any compensation will be slim. Similarly, if he was crossing the road with the light, the driver’s insurance company is going to have some serious questions.
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Of course, the best result would be that this never happened in the first place. This is why we have road rules. If people follow them, the chances of an accident go down significantly. But when they are broken, as seems to happen every day, you get accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
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