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Truck accident takes the life of Missouri man

Riding a bike along the highway can be dangerous under the best of circumstances. Even when following all of the rules of the road, having trucks pass by on a busy highway can make traveling by bike a nerve-racking experience. For one bicyclist, a truck accident on the Missouri highway proved deadly.

The bicyclist was said to have ridden his bike everywhere as he did not have a driver's license. The man was riding on the westbound shoulder of the road in the very early morning hours of a recent Saturday. At some point along his journey, he was hit by a truck.

Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened and family of the man are still seeking answers. A truck driver called authorities to report the possibility of having hit a deer on the road. Officers investigated and interviewed the driver of the truck. However, reports indicate there are questions as to why it took 8 hours for authorities to find his body and then more hours for them to close the scene in order to investigate what took place.

While there is no mention of criminal charges at this time, the family of the man who died in this pedestrian versus truck accident may have legal recourse to seek damages. They may be entitled to a financial settlement that can assist them in dealing with the financial aftermath of the accident. To prevail, however, they will need to prove to the satisfaction of a Missouri civil court that the death was caused by the negligence of the truck driver. Any settlement awarded once liability is established may help with funeral costs or other financial burdens left after their loved one died.

Source: columbiatribune.com, Friends rue Columbia bicyclist's tragic death, Alan Burdziak, Nov. 2, 2013

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