[05-07-2021] Napa County, CA – One Person Killed After a Fatal Bicycle Accident in American Canyon

A 52-year-old man identified as Eric Bernard J. was killed after a fatal bicycle accident in American Canyon on early Friday morning, May 7.

[05-07-2021] Napa County, CA - One Person Killed After a Fatal Bicycle Accident in American CanyonThe deadly accident happened on Highway 29 near Kimberly Drive in American Canyon at around 12:22 a.m.

The bicyclist was riding in the slow northbound lane of Highway 29 when he was suddenly struck by a minivan.

The victim was reportedly riding a bike without lights and was wearing dark clothing, which can make him harder to spot on the roadway.

Sadly, the victim was killed as a result of the crash. Additional details about the accident are unavailable at the moment.

Local authorities are currently conducting an investigation.

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Fatal Bicycle Accident Statistics

In a collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the vehicle always wins. Bicyclists are what the law calls “vulnerable road users,” or those at the highest risk of injury in an accident. Even with bicycle helmets, bicyclists can sustain serious and life-threatening injuries in collisions with vehicles.

Statistics show that California leads the nation in the number of bicycling crash deaths per year. The majority of these crashes occur in urban areas, where cars and bicycles interact most often. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 455 cyclists in California died from 2016 to 2018.

Cars striking bicycles is the number one cause of bicyclist injuries and deaths in California. In many of these cases, the driver failed to yield the right of way, didn’t check for bikes before pulling out, ran a stop sign or red light, or wasn’t paying attention while driving.

Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Bicycle Accidents in Napa County

It can be quite devastating and stressful to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal bicycle accident. Pending the official investigation results, the victim’s family is encouraged to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help.

The liable party will be required by law to provide financial compensation for the victim’s medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering.

Our attorneys at Arash Law can assist you with your case. We understand the grief you are going through with the sudden death of your loved one. To make it less stressful for you, we can file a claim and talk with the insurance company on your behalf.

In the event of any bicycle accident in California, speak to Arash Law about your possible options. Call (888) 488-1391 or contact us online.

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