A 70-year-old woman was killed in a bicycle accident in Irvine after a vehicle struck her. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal collision between the bicycle and a Mercedes Benz occurred on the morning of May 25th near the intersection of Portola Parkway and the 261 toll road. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Mercedes remained at the scene and cooperated with the police investigation. Officials don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a part in this crash. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Irvine police at 949-724-7212.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this deceased victim for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Potential Increase in Bicycle Accidents
A recent article in The New York Times talks about how bicycle sales have skyrocketed all over the country. Bicycle manufacturers are in fact scrambling to meet this increasing demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Southern California cities, it appears that more individuals are taking to bicycling for exercise in the midst of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
In other parts of the country, people are using bicycles to get from place to place so they can avoid public transportation where there is a higher risk of catching the virus. With this increase in bicycle use, we are likely to see an increase in bicycle accidents not just in the Southland, but also around the country.
Negligence plays an important part when it comes to liability in bicycle accident cases. In this particular case, if the driver is determined to have been negligent, he or she may be held financially responsible for the victim’s wrongful death. Families of deceased victims in these cases may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. An experienced Irvine bicycle accident lawyer will be able to help injured victims and/or their families better understand their legal rights and options.