When a moving vehicle collides with a bicycle, it often results in serious or painful injuries. People on bikes are completely vulnerable to the force, size and weight of any type of vehicle, even when wearing helmets and other types of protective gear. A recent motor vehicle collision with a Delaware cyclist illustrates how dangerous these car accidents can be.

The accident occurred when a woman behind the wheel of a Chrysler PT Cruiser struck a man who was riding a bicycle. The force of the collision threw the man from his bicycle, and he ended up with serious injuries. He was taken from the scene of the accident to the hospital. Law enforcement personnel do not believe the woman was impaired at the time she caused the accident.

Even if the driver was not impaired at the time of the collision, it does not mean that she is not financially responsible for what happened. Distraction, speeding, reckless driving and other behaviors can increase the chance of an accident and endanger others on or near the road. The woman is not currently facing criminal charges, but the incident is still being investigated by authorities.

Even if no criminal charges are filed, the driver may still be legally responsible. The cyclist may be able to recover his financial losses by pursuing a civil claim against the driver. Victims of Delaware car accidents may want to seek an explanation of their legal options as soon as possible. These cases are time sensitive, and quick action can be beneficial for a future claim.