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On Saturday evening, two cyclists were fatally struck by an SUV in Dewey Beach, Delaware. The accident occurred around 5 pm on Route 1 near Salisbury Street when a 61-year-old man from New York lost control of his vehicle and hit two cyclists who were standing with their bicycles near a restaurant. After the SUV struck the bicycle riders, who were both in their 50s and from Washington, DC, the driver knocked down a utility pole and an unoccupied Jeep that was parked in the restaurant lot. It was determined that the SUV driver suffered from a medical event that caused him to faint and lose control of his vehicle. He was taken to the Beebe Healthcare facility for an evaluation while the victims succumbed to their fatal injuries at the scene of the accident.
Though cyclists must adhere to the same traffic laws and are protected by the same guidelines as other motorists, many drivers are unaware of that fact and may fail to use caution when driving in the vicinity of bicyclists. Due to the lack of safety features that bicycles provide, riders may sustain serious or even fatal injuries in event of a crash. If the bicyclists survive an accident, they may develop debilitating conditions that could interrupt their ability to earn an income.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, contact our Wilmington bicycle accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow. Call 302-427-9500 or contact us online to see how we can help you. With offices in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford as well as those in the communities of New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.