According to a May 2017 article in the San Bernardino County Sun, a bicyclist was killed in a crash on Mother’s Day. At the time of the report, San Bernardino police were searching for a vehicle involved in one of the accidents. It was the driver who allegedly hit a bicyclist. The hit-and-run happened shortly after 2 a.m. in the 1100 block of 39th Street. A 52-year-old male was riding his bike traveling west and along the curb at the time of the accident. He was struck from behind by a driver possibly operating a dark Toyota Yaris. The driver was also heading west at the time of the accident. The bike accident victim was thrown off the bike and landed on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
The crash was still under investigation at the time of the report. It is unknown whether the bicyclist’s family would file a personal injury claim on his behalf.
What is a San Bernardino Bike Accident?
A bike accident typically involves a vehicle and a bicycle colliding. It can also include two bicyclists colliding. The cause of the collision may be negligence per se, which involves the driver breaking a traffic law. To obtain compensation for a bike injury, a victim must prove that the driver or other bicyclist was at fault.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents in San Bernardino
In a collision between a bike and a vehicle, the bicyclist typically gets the brunt of the damage, such as devastating injuries and property damage. The follow are some common causes of bike accidents:
- Left-hand turn accidents: Drivers are usually turning left when they hit bicyclists.
- Reversing a vehicle unexpectedly: When drivers place their vehicles in reverse without looking out for other drivers or bicyclists, accidents occur.
- Open-door accidents: Drivers should not open their doors after parking until all traffic is clear. When they do not watch out for bicyclists, bicyclists can be hit by the open door.
Sanford A. Kassel is Your San Bernardino Bike Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in a bike accident, you have the right to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We will help you prove your case according to California’s personal injury laws. These include showing that the driver had a legal duty to avoid causing an accident and harming you. The driver breached that legal duty when he or she caused an accident and injured you. The cause of those actions was negligence, and that negligence caused your injuries. You deserve to be compensated fully.
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