Louis Gabor, 67, died this Tuesday as a result of injuries he had suffered in a Long Beach car accident. According to a news report in The Press-Telegram, the fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Bixby Road and Cherry Avenue in Long Beach, the morning of July 6, 2011, when Gabor’s bicycle was struck by a Chevy S-10 pickup truck. Police say the 66-year-old driver of the pickup truck ran a red light and struck Gabor. The bicyclist suffered critical injuries and died from his injuries July 19, 2011. Officials are in the process of determining if the driver of the pickup truck should face vehicular manslaughter charges.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Louis Gabor following this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 181 were injured in Long Beach bicycle accidents. During that same year, 33 fatalities and 3,315 injuries occurred due to Los Angeles County bicycle accidents.
Possible Red Light Violation
The report states that the driver of the pickup may have run a red light at the intersection and struck the bicyclist. California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”
I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver was under the influence, distracted, inattentive or otherwise negligent at the time of the incident as they contemplate filing vehicular manslaughter charges. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, officials may determine whether the driver should face a misdemeanor or felony charge.
Regardless of what criminal charges are filed, if it is determined that the driver of the pickup caused the crash, then, he could be held civilly liable for Gabor’s wrongful death. That means Gabor’s family members can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party seeking compensation for all medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of companionship. An experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer will better advise victims’ families in such cases about their legal rights and options.
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