Jeffery Donnelly, a Chief Operating Officer for Zeta Instruments, was tragically killed when a car collided with his bicycle in Palo Alto. Authorities reported that a teen was behind the wheel when the wreck occurred. The accident dealt a severe blow to both Donnelly’s friends and co-workers. Zeta Instrument’s CEO, Rusmin Kudinar, made a public statement addressing the accident. “He was a good man; a good friend. Everybody at work loved him. It was a shock to all of us. He was a very well-rounded, very bright person.” Donnelly had been an employee of Zeta Instruments since 2014. He is remembered by his wife and their three children.
Any good New York bicycle accident lawyer will tell you that not only are bicycle accidents tragic, they are also on the rise. The increased number of accidents like Donnelly’s that result from a car striking a cyclist have gone up as more people take to cycling in attempt to stay in shape and cut down on the cost of commuting. Some states have added bicycle lanes to major roads which has helped lower the number of bike vs. car accidents, but the new lanes haven’t eliminated the problem.
According to traffic experts, nearly one third of all bike accidents are caused by a car collision. These collisions are nearly always catastrophic with 75 percent resulting in traumatic brain injuries. It’s estimated that one cyclist dies in a fatal accident every six hours.
With these accidents on the rise, it’s important for all cyclists to be prepared and know how to respond in case a collision does happen on the road. If you or someone you love is injured in a bicycle crash, contact an attorney immediately. Even if you think you weren’t injured, you need to seek medical care since you could have injuries that won’t be noticed until later, something that’s not uncommon if you struck your head. Make sure you get all the insurance information from the driver. The most important thing to do when you’re in a car/bike collision is to make sure the police are called to the scene right away and that you get a copy of the report.
If you were injured in the accident, you are entitled to have your medical bills paid in full by the driver at fault. If the driver refuses to do so, you need to contact a New York bicycle accident lawyer who will prepare a case against them. During this process, you’ll learn that filing a lawsuit in a cycling accident is generally more complicated than if two cars collided, mostly due to the severe injuries sustained during the accident.
If someone you loved was killed as a result of a car collision with a bicycle, you should contact an attorney and determine whether or not you have grounds to file a wrongful death suit. The lawsuit won’t bring your loved one back, but it might prevent the same type of accident from happening to someone else in the future.