As reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Shane Chaplan was riding his bycicle early Saturday morning when he was hit by a van. Lt. Keith Morris of the Athens-Clarke County Police department advised that currently no charges have been filed but the matter is still under investigation.
Chaplan was taken to the local hospital where is later died.
It is unclear from this article if Mr. Chaplan was wearing a helmet. Depending upon how the collision occurred this fact may or may not matter.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association or NHTSA last records on bicyclist was in 2007 when 698 bicyclist died and accounted for two percent of all fatalities that year.
The facts which surround this untimely death will determine if van’s driver was the cause of the bicyclist was at fault.
It is in the best interest of the family to review the details of what happened to determine if they have any legal rights as it relates to the unfortunate matter.