Bicycles are a great way to travel and exercise. They are light-weight, efficient, and above all else, fun to ride. Technology and innovation have greatly improved bicycles in terms of both performance and design. What was once a glorified seat on two wheels is now a high-performance machine of excellent mechanical and industrial design. While we are still enjoying the warm, sunny weather of summer, there are going to be more and more bicyclists on local roadways. It is crucial, therefore, that drivers maintain a watchful eye towards bike riders to avoid serious injuries or even wrongful death.
One driver who allegedly did not maintain a watchful eye is Russel Renney from Fort Myers, Florida. Renney was reportedly charged with running a stop sign and had his license suspended for a year as a result, according to lawyersandsettlements.com. While running a stop sign, in of itself, may usually be a lesser infraction, when Renney illegally passed the stop sign, he struck a passing bicyclist.
That bicyclist was fifty-five-year-old Michael McIntrye. McIntrye was a member of the local schoolboard and lived with his family in the area. As a result of the collision with Renney’s vehicle, McIntrye tragically lost his life. McIntrye’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Renney, alleging that his negligence caused the wrongful death. Before going before a jury and a full trial, the lawsuit was reportedly settled for $5 million. The settlement is intended to cover McIntrye’s funeral expenses and to compensate his family for their loss.
If you were riding your bicycle in a safe, responsible manner, but were injured nonetheless, call us at 617-787-3700. Our Boston bicycle injury attorneys will carefully listen to you about your case and discuss your legal options. Time may be a factor, so please don’t hesitate to call today!