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Recumbent bicyclist dies after being struck by vehicle

The former head of the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at the University of Maryland died recently when a 2002 Mercedes E820 struck him while on a recumbent bicycle.

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The accident happened in a marked crosswalk on Little Falls Parkway. The crosswalk is used by bicyclists and pedestrians while on the Capital Crescent Trail. It's a popular trail and there are only a few places where it intersects with a road with motor vehicle traffic. There are signs at the intersection that warn motorists to yield to bicyclists and pedestrians that are crossing the roadway.

The victim, who was 81 years old, enjoyed riding his recumbent bicycles, according to his wife. She said, "It was something that gave him profound pleasure." She also said the two of them lived for 48 years in Chevy Chase. The couple had been married for 60 years.

Police said that the investigation will take about six weeks by the collision reconstruction unit. It is not known if the man who was driving the Mercedes would face charges in this case.

An article from May 2015 on baltimore.cbs.local.com reports that 3,800 car-bike accident occurred in the last five years in Maryland. Thirty bicyclists were killed and 3,100 suffered injuries.

Bicyclists and pedestrians are no match for a vehicle weighing 3,000 lbs or more. There is no enclosure, either, which makes the impact of a crash even more tragic. If you have been struck by a vehicle while riding your bicycle, you do have rights. You can seek compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and much more. An experienced personal injury lawyer can provide more information.

Source: Bethesda Magazine, "Cyclist Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle at Capital Crescent Trail Crossing," Andrew Metcalf, Oct. 17, 2016

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