Most drivers in California are aware of many actions that could potentially result in a serious accident. As a result, they avoid drinking before driving and make an attempt to obey all traffic laws, for example. Unfortunately, some people may overlook the potential harm that driving while fatigued can cause, especially when doing so results in bicycle accidents.
A recent crash on a California highway is said to illustrate the dangers of driving while fatigued. Officers with the California Highway Patrol claim that the 67-year-old female driver of a van fell asleep at the wheel. As a result, the eastbound vehicle drifted into the bike lane, striking a 58-year-old cyclist headed in the same direction.
Bystanders at the scene provided CPR before rescue workers transported him to the hospital. Despite the efforts of medical care providers, the cyclist was pronounced dead about an hour after the accident happened. Reports indicate that the van continued, hitting a bus sign, mailbox and pickup truck before coming to a stop.
What was likely intended to be a afternoon dedicated to health ended up in tragedy for a family in California. Now they are left to plan a funeral following their loved one's unexpected death. Unfortunately, there are few physical barriers to protect cyclists in bicycle accidents, making the potential for a serious injury possible. If such harm comes as a result of another's negligence, victims -- including surviving family members in the event of a fatality -- could choose to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the person believed to be responsible. If successfully presented, plaintiffs could receive a financial award that will help them cope with the unexpected financial complications of their loss.
Source: timesofsandiego.com, "Mountain Biker Hit by Minivan in East County Dies in Hospital", Chris Jennewein, April 18, 2018