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Collision with SUV claims life of bicyclist

Many people in South Carolina and elsewhere choose to ride bicycles, either as a primary means of transportation or for recreation. While riding a bike is good exercise and offers a way to get around while enjoying fresh air and sunshine, those who ride bikes on or near city streets and highways run the unfortunate risk of suffering serious, even life-threatening, injuries in an accident. This appears to be what happened to one man from Landrum when he was killed after colliding with an SUV.

Details regarding crash

Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, an 81-year-old man was riding a bicycle on North Bate Road. He then attempted to turn onto Highway 414, heading west. At the same time, a Jeep SUV was traveling on the road in the same direction and struck the cyclist.

The older man was transported to a local medical center, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries a few days later. The driver of the SUV reportedly did not suffer injuries in the collision. The accident remains under investigation.

A compensable accident?

The report did not specify whether authorities believe the SUV driver was acting negligently or recklessly behind the wheel, leading to the crash. If the evidence suggests the driver was driving in an unlawful manner, the surviving family of the deceased may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim against the individual in an attempt at obtaining compensation for documented losses. Those adversely affected by this fatal accident in South Carolina will want to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to gain a full understanding of their rights and options about seeking compensation.