Drivers on California roads may not always be as observant as necessary. This is evident from a fatal bike crash that also involved a passenger vehicle. The victim of this accident was a 63-year-old man from Palo Alto.
Police officers received reports of an accident involving a bicycle rider and a car on a recent Friday evening. They proceeded to the accident scene and found the unconscious bicyclist on the pavement. A preliminary crash report indicates that a northbound vehicle struck the bicyclist who was westbound on San Antonio Road. According to the report, the impact of the collision caused the bike rider to strike the car’s windshield before being catapulted onto the pavement.
The damaged vehicle was found not far from the position at which the bicyclist was lying. The severely injured victim was rushed to a hospital where he fought for his life. Sadly, he died of his injuries after five days. The media report made no mention of whether or not the driver of the vehicle was identified. Witnesses to the collision were asked to call the officer in charge of the case.
When a California family loses a loved one in a bike crash that may have been caused by the negligence of another party, they may be entitled to pursue compensation for end-of-life and other expenses. Gathering evidence of negligence immediately after the accident is vital, even if the driver’s identity is unknown. Police usually can locate a driver who was possibly responsible for a fatal accident, and the surviving family members may then retain the right to file a wrongful death claim in a civil court. Evidence of negligence will have to be established before the court, along with documented details of financial losses brought about by the accident.