A bicycle accident victim’s death affects many lives

by | Aug 10, 2021 | Bicycle Accidents |

They say no man is an island. Almost every time someone passes away, they leave behind a large number of grievers, maybe more than they would have realized. Spouses, parents, children and other relatives, along with the deceased’s friends and even their co-workers — all must find a way to move on without the person who died.

The grieving process is never easy, but it can be especially tough when the person you loved died in a preventable accident, such as when a bicycle rider is struck and killed by a dangerous driver. The fact that your loved one would still be alive if not for some motorist’s negligence can be very tough to accept. If you were the deceased’s spouse or child, their death would impact you financially as well as emotionally.

Beloved NFL coach killed in bicycle accident

The death of an NFL coach in a bike accident offers a high-profile example. Greg Knapp lived far north of Los Angeles in Contra Costa County. But what happened to him is familiar to far too many people here in L.A.

Knapp was an assistant coach for the New York Jets. He was riding his bike on a weekend afternoon in late July when a motor vehicle struck him. The cause of the crash was not known as of this writing, but police have said they did not believe the driver was drunk or high on drugs. This leaves several possibilities, however, including speeding, failure to yield and distracted driving.

Knapp is survived by his wife and three children. The head coach of the Jets said that Knapp’s friendly personality helped him befriend people throughout the organization in the short time he was on the coaching staff. He held coaching jobs throughout the league over the past several decades. He undoubtedly made many friends and left his mark on several players’ careers in that time.

Who can seek justice for a bike accident victim?

People of all walks of life ride bikes for exercise, to run errands or to commute to work. If they are hit by a reckless driver, they will probably leave behind a large group of relatives and friends. However, in California, only the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may bring a wrongful death lawsuit.