Bicycle Death Lawsuit Follows Garbage Truck Accident
An Arizona garbage truck accident resulted in the death of a bicyclist and now the victim’s family has filed a lawsuit against the city of Tucson, which owned the garbage truck, according to local news sources. The $4 million lawsuit alleges that the driver took too wide of a right turn and failed to look out for the bicycle rider, traveling behind him in the same direction. The truck turned before the cyclist had time to stop and the collision killed the biker.
Although the driver faces no criminal charges, a detective from the Arizona Department of Public Safety commented that a “contributing factor to the collision would be the wide/late right turn into the plant by the truck driver. The cyclist could have perceived the truck was continuing straight ahead.” The detective also said only one of the truck’s turn signals would have been visible to the cyclist in the seconds leading up to the crash.
Bicycle and Truck Collision Information
The bike safety lawyers at Pritzker Olsen are currently handling a bicycle accident case in which a truck swerved into a bicycle lane and killed the bicyclist. Bicycle-garbage truck accidents can also happen if the truck turns, as in this case, or if the truck runs a stop sign or backs up unexpectedly. Victims of garbage truck-bicycle accidents may have a legal claim against the truck driver, the garbage truck company or others.