Preventable Tragedy Kills Molecular Scientist
Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2011 - This case involves a man who was killed in a bicycle accident. This wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of the father of two by his family.
“This reported wrongful death lawsuit settled for $1.5 million. The man, a molecular research scientist at a university, was killed by a van as he was riding his bike to work in February 2009. The van’s driver worked for a refrigeration and HVAC company. The van driver suddenly made an illegal U-turn, right in front of the man on the bike, and with nowhere else to go, the cyclist hit the side of the van. One of the van’s tires ran over the cyclist, killing him,” said Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer and wrongful death lawyer of the Mellino Law Firm LLC, in Ohio.
The sudden death of their father caused unimaginable grief for his two daughters, ages 22 and 15. The family, seeking to prevent this type of thing from happening to others, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their dad.
“The man rode to work every day and was a very experienced cyclist. The van driver did not see him, but that does not take away from the fact that cars and bikes are sharing the roads more and more these days. The van driver was also not obeying the rules of the road by making an illegal U-turn. In other words, this death should never have happened but for the negligence of the van driver,” Mellino said.
This preventable tragedy is precisely why the family would want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit; to stop this kind of thing happening again. Often wrongful death lawsuits are not about retribution, but about doing something in memory of the deceased. In this case, the family wanted to make a point about how important it was to be aware of “all” traffic on the roads, including bicycles.
“If you have been in a situation like this, please, call my office, and I can advise you of your legal options. The more you know, the better informed decisions you make,” Mellino said.
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