Bicycle accidents can be extremely dangerous for cyclists. They don't have the walls of a car to protect them from impact and they are vulnerable to being injured or even killed in a wreck. A fatal Wisconsin accident presents a rarer incident of a bicyclist fatality.
The victim of the accident wasn't hit by a vehicle. He fell off of his bike for a different reason but still sustained deadly injuries. A reckless driver isn't necessary in this sort of situation for surviving family to file a wrongful death lawsuit. They are suing the two Wisconsin men whom they believe caused the untimely death of their son.
Instead of a car hitting and knocking the young UW-Stout student down, his parents allege that two fellow college students from a bar were aggressively chasing down the victim and pushed him off of his bike. The victim hit his head on concrete and sustained severe head injuries that ultimately killed him.
Criminal charges of murder did result from the violent incident, though they didn't stick. An unsuccessful criminal trial, however, doesn't mean that a civil wrongful death lawsuit won't find support in court. A different level of negligence must be proven in civil cases compared to criminal cases.
The wrongful death lawsuits are a final chance for the family in this Wisconsin case to try to hold the two young men accountable for their actions. The two defendants won't serve time in jail for causing the bike accident, but incarceration isn't the only way to send a message.
We will post an update when there is a development in this wrongful death case.
Source: WQOW, "Jury selected in wrongful death lawsuit," Keith Edwards, Dec. 10, 2012