A bicyclist was struck and killed by an SUV on January 3 around 5:50 p.m. near Interstate 805. According to the San Diego Police, the bicyclist was struck by a westbound Nissan Pathfinder driven by a female motorist on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.
The SUV driver stopped at the accident scene after the crash. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the accident site. Our law office sends our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends for such a heart rendering loss.
Since the information available is quite limited on the circumstances leading up to the accident, we can speculate that either distraction, visibility at night, and negligence played a role in this fatal accident. It was stated that the bicyclist “veered left in front of the” SUV, but it is unclear whether the bicyclist had a right to cross into the next lane to turn, etc. In either case, all motorists have a responsibility to share the road with other pedestrians, bicyclists, and others.
According to the CSIT report, around nine bicyclists were killed and more than 900 were severely injured in bicycle collisions in San Diego in the year 2009.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHSTA), each year around 600 bicyclists lose their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
As the investigation into this tragic accident continues, the deceased victim’s family members should seek out their legal rights against the possible at-fault SUV driver to obtain compensatory damages for the death of their loved one.
The possible at-fault motorist needs to be held liable for the death of the bicyclist if it is found that she was driving at an unsafe speed, was distracted, or caused the accident through other negligent behaviors.
In most fatal accidents, the insurance companies rush to settle the claim and the best interests of the deceased victim’s family members are plainly ignored. The deceased victim’s family members should seek counsel of an experienced bicycle accident attorney so that their rights are preserved.
Our San Diego bicycle and pedestrian accident attorneys have successfully represented many bicycle accident cases for over a decade. Call us for a free consultation at (888) 233-5020 before settling quickly with any insurance company.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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