Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run car accident, motorist arrested

Some drivers don't look out for the most vulnerable people they share the road with: pedestrians and bicyclists. Bicyclists and pedestrians are not protected by a heavy, metal frame, air bags or seat belts when they get into a crash. Indeed, many bicyclists and pedestrians who get hit by a motor vehicle suffer catastrophic injuries. Nevertheless, car drivers often fail to pay attention, and this results in serious injuries.

In a recent Tennessee car versus bicycle accident, this appears to be exactly what happened. Not only that, but the driver fled the accident scene and didn't even stop to see if the bicyclist he hit was okay.

The at-fault driver in the crash was an administrator from a Nashville private school. According to police, he was driving a black SUV that hit a bicyclist at approximately 11 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning. Video footage of the entire incident was captured on a GoPro camera that belonged to the injured bicyclist's friend who was close by. The SUV continued on its path, and didn't even stop.

The 58-year-old SUV driver was later apprehended by police. He was charged with fleeing a car accident scene, reckless endangerment, failure to notify authorities of an accident and failure to provide aid.

When a bicyclist gets hurt by a hit-and-run motorist in Tennessee, the injured bicyclist may have the ability to pursue financial damages against the at-fault driver who caused the crash. If successfully navigated, such a personal injury claim could bring an injured cyclist money to pay for his or her medical care and other damages.

Source: wkrn.com, "Cyclist hit on Natchez Trace Pky; Dean of Students at USN arrested," Stephanie Langston and Josh Breslow, July 17, 2017

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