Early Monday morning a bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle on the intersection of Velley Boulevard and Dupont Street. The bicycle accident
took place just a few minutes after midnight. According to investigators at the scene of the tragic fatality and various new reports the incident was initially identified by local law enforcement authorizes as a hit and run accident
. However this was not the case; the motorist driving the vehicle, William Johnson did in fact contact local authorities after the incident had take place. No specifics on the deceased victims has been releases by local authorities.
More Information on Bicycle Accidents and Filing a Wrongful Death Cause of Action:
Statistics on Nighttime Bicycle Accidents
: According to data published by the NHTSA the majority of bicycle accident take place at night; usually the lack of light is a major factor in such accidents. The average age of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle collisions is around 40.
California Law for Bicycle Safety at Night
: California Vehicle Code VC 21201 states that nighttime riding requires.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Bicycle Accident Fatalities
- Lamp which is visible from a distance of 300 feet to the front and sides
- A red reflector on the back visible from a distance of 500 feet
- White or yellow reflectors on the pedals
: The state of California allows for the filing of a wrongful death cause of action by certain relatives of the deceased against all at fault parties. Under California Wrongful Death Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60-377.62 a cause of action for wrongful death can be asserted by “The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, and issue of deceased children, or, if there is no surviving issue of the decedent, the persons, including the surviving spouse or domestic partner, who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession
Contacting an Attorney
: To speak with an attorney regarding a bicycle accident claim contact our Law Offices toll free. (888) 649-7166