By Bryan Wilkins, BloombergBusinessweekA cyclist who was involved in an accident with a truck driver has filed a federal lawsuit claiming negligence on the part of the trucker and the city of New Orleans.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Louisiana, lawyer Matthew Hickey alleges that the city failed to train its drivers on proper driving procedures and that he was left at the wheel of the vehicle while he was not injured.
The truck driver, who is now 26, was charged with felony reckless driving in March, according to a news release from the city.
He was sentenced to two years in prison in August 2016.
The city of Orleans, which was not immediately available for comment, had no immediate comment.
Hickey’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, is a follow-up to a lawsuit by Hickey, who was among more than 150 cyclists who were injured or killed in New Orleans between 2009 and 2016, according.
Hiccups case came as Louisiana lawmakers and city leaders are preparing to approve a $4.5 billion transportation project to add lanes to a major highway connecting New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
The project is due to be completed by 2021, and it is unclear how long it will take to install the lanes.
The lanes would cost about $2 billion and be funded through a combination of tax increment financing and tolls, according, according the lawsuit.
In February, a state court ordered the city to begin installing the lanes on I-10 by the end of April.
The lawsuit claims the city did not comply with that order and has sought to hold the city responsible.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation, which manages the highway, declined to comment.
New Orleans, a predominantly white city of 6 million people, has a history of bicycle crashes.
Last year, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 3,000 people died in road and pedestrian crashes in Louisiana between 2000 and 2014, a rate of about one death per 10,000 annual vehicle miles traveled.
In the last two years, the city saw about 10,300 fatalities.
Hiccup was a member of the New Orleans Bicycle Club, according his LinkedIn page.
He also owns a trucking company and is a licensed motorcycle instructor.
He is married with two children.