An 81-year-old man was killed Monday morning after he was struck by a vehicle on the Capital Crescent Trail. According to authorities, the man was riding a three-wheeled recumbent bicycle and crossing Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda, Maryland when we was struck. Montgomery County police have reported that the vehicle which hit the victim was being driven by a 78-year-old Bethesda man.
Officials report that an investigation into the incident and the cause of the crash are still ongoing and no charges have been filed. As bicycle and pedestrian accidents commonly occur at intersections, investigators will be looking for signs of whether the vehicle in this incident could have committed an act that contributed to the crash, such as running a red light or failing to yield on a turn. Police have reported that the victim’s bicycle was fitted with an orange flag, and local residents who use the trail have stated the intersection has a reputation for being dangerous.
Monday’s incident is an unfortunate reminder of the dangers pedestrians and riders face when sharing the road with other vehicles. As a Legal Resource Member and Sponsor of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), our firm is committed to raising awareness about bicycle and pedestrian safety, and to helping victims and families of these accidents protect their right to the compensation they deserve.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our legal team has seen first-hand how momentary lapses of judgment and errors committed by drivers can lead to pedestrian and bicycle accidents with serious consequences, including wrongful death. We extend our condolences to those affected by yesterday’s collision and all others like it, and we offer our support to victims and families throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC who want to learn more about their legal rights.