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1 dead in Connecticut auto-bicycle accident

A bicyclist was reportedly killed after being struck by a pickup truck in New Milford. At the time of the report, police had not filed charges against the 22-year-old man who was driving the truck. The man remained at the scene of the crash following the accident.

The accident happened around 8:20 a.m. on Aug. 23. According to police, the pickup truck struck the cyclist while attempting to pull into a driveway. The cyclist was taken to New Milford Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Authorities closed the road near the accident scene for several hours while they investigated the crash. The investigation was ongoing two days after the incident.

The overwhelming shock of the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one in an auto-bicycle collision can be further compounded by financial demands. The initial costs of emergency medical care provided to the deceased at the time of the accident, as well as funeral and burial expenses, are immediate.

Taking steps to ensure economic stability for survivors who had been financially dependent upon the deceased could be more long-range. Those charged with providing for minor children and other dependents may be required to engage complex legal and administrative systems within time limitations set by law.

The dependents and loved ones of an accident victim killed in an auto-bicycle collision may have a cause of action for filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver or others found to be liable for the collision. Surviving family members may be able to recover expenses arising directly from the accident. Compensation for the loss of companionship may also be available from the at-fault party or parties, as well as the value of future economic support the deceased would have provided had they survived.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Biker Killed After Being Hit By Truck in New Milford", Jessie Sawyer, August 23, 2014

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Biker Killed After Being Hit By Truck in New Milford", Jessie Sawyer, August 23, 2014

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