On September 23, a Lancaster County college sophomore, Paul Zeigler was killed while riding his bicycle near the campus of McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas. Paul, 20 was a member of the school’s tennis team and worked in the school’s sports information office.
According to local police who just released additional information on the accident, Zeigler was struck around 1 p.m. when a truck veered across the centerline and struck him. The 17-year old driver was distracted by something on the front seat. Edith Pearce noted that in 2009, 630 people were killed and over 51,000 injured in crashes with motor vehicles in the U.S. according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Pennsylvania residents need to know that bicycle riders do not always get the respect and right of way they are entitled to under the law. Cars and trucks tend to overlook or just ignore cyclist’s rights on the roadway. Unfortunately when a car or truck collides with a bicycle, the cyclist tends to suffer more severe injuries than in a regular car accident.
Family and friends of the young Paul Zeigler are devastated by the death of this extraordinary young man, and even though alcohol and drugs are not considered contributing factors to the crash, the driver is still at fault.
A bicycle accident lawyer can help victims or victim’s families with expert representation to successfully litigate these cases. These cases require specialized knowledge because of the extent of investigation and costs often associated with the serious injuries that are often the result of these accidents.
Damages that can be awarded to victims in a bicycle accident include medical expenses (doctor, hospitals and treatments), loss of current and future wages, and compensation for future disabilities ranging from scars to loss of mobility or limbs. An experienced bicycle accident lawyer can help victims and families ensure that they have the resources to care for their families moving forward. It’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible while information is still clear and witnesses are available.