An accident in September that resulted in the death of a bicyclist hit by a dump truck is now the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit. The family of the bicyclist is suing the truck driver and the Woodinville-based construction company that employed him.
The Washington motorcycle accident occurred on Eastlake Avenue East. The cyclist was riding north on Eastlake toward the University Bridge. A truck, owned by Nelson and Sons Construction, made a right turn onto Fuhrman Avenue East and hit the cyclist and another rider as they rode in the bicycle lane. The two men were pinned under the truck, and dragged 25 feet. Bystanders were able to free one man, who was injured, but the other man was killed almost instantly, according to www.SeattleTimes.com .
Though Nelson and Sons declined to comment on the case and the driver of the dump truck could not be reached, the plaintiff’s attorney stated, “He failed to yield to them when they had the right of way.”
Neither rider was wearing a helmet as they rode north on Eastlake, approaching a construction site. A flagger directed them around the construction area, which was blocking part of the bike lane. The bikers hit the truck after going around the blocked area, as directed, and re-entering the bicycle lane. The truck was turning right into their lane. (According to the police report)
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a biking accident or Seattle auto accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282.