A woman was killed in a bicycle accident after she was struck by a vehicle the evening of October 11, 2014.
According to a CBS Los Angeles, the accident occurred at the intersection of Longview and LePage Ranch Roads.
California Highway Patrol officials said the woman was killed east of Littlerock near the Devil’s Punchbowl in the southeast Antelope Valley.
The victim was
pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this bicycle accident victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and 39 injuries as a result of bicycle accidents in Palmdale.
In Los Angeles County as a whole, 29 people died and 4,926 were injured due to bicycle collisions during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Collision?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this fatal collision. Under California Vehicle Code, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles.
There are a number of unanswered questions here. What caused the collision? Who was at fault?
Did the driver of the vehicle fail to yield the right-of-way to the bicyclist? Did the motorist intrude into the bike lane? Did this accident occur in a crosswalk? Did alcohol, drugs, speeding or distracted driving play a part in this collision?
We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault here, he or she can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical and funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship and pain and suffering.
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury law firm like Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys will be able to advise victims’ families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.
The best injury law firms will always offer free consultations and case assessments to accident victims and their families.