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Driver sentenced after bike accident that took Arizona man's life

As Arizona residents consider the prospect of a new year, January is often when people start to think about getting healthy and fit. With that in mind, many people take up cycling to enjoy the scenery and get some exercise. While bicyclists in our state should be afforded safe roadways, we all know that bike accidents do occur, and victims or their families may need to explore their legal options for achieving justice after a crash.

One Arizona man began biking to work to lead a healthier lifestyle. His wife even said that he had lost 90 pounds since he started riding. Unfortunately, while en route to work one night, the man suffered fatal injuries in a collision with a vehicle. The driver who hit him was intoxicated and left the scene of the accident, and police later arrested him.

On Jan. 10, the driver was given a 15-year prison sentence. The charges against him included manslaughter, drunk driving and hit and run. The prosecutor noted that the driver continued driving for almost 20 miles after the collision, and other innocent people were fortunate not to have also been hit.

In this case, even though the bicyclist took safety precautions such as wearing a helmet and reflective gear, he still suffered severe injuries. His wife said that she still can’t believe he is gone.

Families of victims involved in fatal accidents often find themselves struggling to pick up the emotional and financial pieces of their lives. The loss of a wage earner might create a financial burden that families carry for many years. In addition to criminal charges, families can pursue a civil claim in order to receive compensation for damages caused by another party’s negligent or reckless actions.

Source: The Arizona Daily Star, "Driver gets 15 years for fatal DUI accident," Patrick McNamara, Jan. 10, 2014

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