Family of Washington Bike Crash Victim Receives $1.5M Settlement

The family of a man killed while riding his bike has received a $1.5 million settlement.The family of a Washington man who was killed in a 2009 bicycle accident has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.5 million.

Kevin Black was killed on February 4, 2009,after his bike collided with a van on a Seattle roadway. Black, an experienced cyclist who reportedly rode to work every day, hit the van after it performed what police said was an illegal U-turn. The van then ran over Black, who had been thrown from his bike on impact.

Several months after the crash Black's family filed a lawsuit against the van's owner, Ambient Control. Although a trial was scheduled for later this year, both sides reached a settlement after mediation. Under its terms, the family's lawyer will receive one-third of the payment, while Black's daughters – who are currently 12 and 15 – will receive the remaining portion, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

In 2009, 630 bicyclists were killed on U.S. roadways, while an additional 51,000 were injured in collisions with motor vehicles. The agency said enforcing mandatory bicycle helmet laws would improve safety for cyclists, as head injuries are responsible for almost 70 percent of all bicycle fatalities.