Stephen Wright, 69, was fatally injured in a Simi Valley bicycle accident after his bike was struck by a commercial flatbed truck.
According to a KVTA news report, Wright was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred a little after noon on April 27 in the area of Los Angeles Avenue and Sycamore Drive.
Police say neither Wright nor the other driver showed any signs of impairment. An investigation into the cause of the collision is still ongoing. Simi Valley police are urging anyone with information about this fatal crash to contact them at 805-583-6189.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Stephen Wright for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Based on this news report, it is unclear what might have caused this particular bicycle accident. However, here are some of the most common causes of fatal bicycle accidents in Southern California:
- Distracted driving: When drivers are not paying attention to the road, they are more likely to injure vulnerable commuters such as bicyclists or pedestrians. Common forms of distractions while driving that can endanger or harm bicyclists include texting, looking at the phone, eating, drinking, or talking to passengers.
- Lack of adequate buffer: Drivers who follow bicyclists too closely or pass within less than 3 feet of a bicyclist can create hazardous situations. Such drivers who don’t leave an adequate buffer are more likely to hit and seriously injure bicyclists.
- Failure to yield: Bicyclists have the same rights as drivers of other vehicles under California law. Drivers who fail to yield to bicyclists can cause catastrophic crashes.
- Bike lane incursions: Bike lanes are meant to create safe spaces for bicyclists. However, a reckless or inattentive driver could potentially go into a bike lane and strike a bicyclist. These types of accidents can cause severe injuries as well.
Justice for Victims and Families
If you have been injured in a California bicycle accident or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. An experienced California bicycle accident lawyer will be able to remain on your side throughout the legal process, fight for your rights, help you receive maximum compensation, and hold the at-fault parties accountable.