One person was killed after a deadly bicycle accident in Balboa Park on Tuesday morning, July 20.
The major crash occurred on Pershing Drive near Florida Drive in Balboa Park at approximately 7:30 a.m. The victim was riding his bicycle on the roadway when a passing vehicle suddenly struck him. How the crash occurred, and the reason it happened have not been established.
Emergency personnel later arrived at the scene and found the bicyclist unresponsive on the roadway. The bicyclist was rushed to an area hospital where he was sadly later pronounced dead. The driver that struck the bicyclist remained at the scene and willingly cooperated with authorities.
The identities of the involved parties have not been disclosed. The accident is currently under further investigation. Authorities will attempt to determine whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
Fatal Bicycle Accident Statistics
Bicycles have become a convenient alternative for traveling short distances. They are cheap and environment-friendly. Aside from that, it’s also a good way to exercise. It’s no surprise that more people are opting to use bicycles.
However, bicycle accidents are something that riders need to deal with. 45,000 reported bicycle accidents in the United States in 2015, down from 50,000 the previous year. Although the number of bicycle accidents declined, the bicycle fatality rate in the country has increased by 12%.
Cars striking bicycles is the number one cause of bicyclist injuries and deaths in California. In many 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. Texting and driving, drunk driving, and careless driving can all lead to a bicycle collision. Sadly, motor vehicle drivers often escape unscathed while the bicyclist suffers catastrophic or even fatal injuries.
San Diego County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Bicycle Accidents
Losing a loved one from a deadly bicycle accident can traumatize and be a stressful experience for the victim’s family. As they are overwhelmed with grief, the insurance company and the other party may attempt to manipulate them as their judgment is clouded.
Hiring a capable wrongful death attorney to assist them with their claim is the best option. Filing for a wrongful death claim is necessary as the victim’s family will receive compensation for the damages, such as medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering that the tragic accident has caused them.
Our attorneys at Arash Law are available to assist you with your situation. As a result of your loved one’s untimely death, we understand the devastation you are experiencing. We can file a claim on your behalf and communicate with the insurance company on your behalf, making the process less stressful for you.