When you or a loved one head out on a bike, the last thing you should have to worry about is being struck by a vehicle. However, we know that you may need help from a bicycle accident attorney. The knowledgeable and experienced team at the Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman is ready to step in if you have been injured due to the negligent actions of another person. Today, we want to discuss a recent tragic crash because it highlights the vulnerabilities of bicyclists on our roadways.
What happened in this case?
We have learned that a 44-year-old woman died last month after she was hit while riding her bike in Oxnard. The incident happened on June 18 in the early morning hours. Police and EMS crews responded to the call on Hemlock Street at Seaside Drive.
The bicyclist was struck by an SUV after she made a left turn in front of the vehicle. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the SUV remained on the scene and cooperated with police.
We brought you this story because it highlights just how vulnerable bicyclists are on our roadways. We know that bicyclists almost always suffer from injuries or death in a crash. Even when a cyclist is wearing a helmet, they can be seriously injured. The California Office of Traffic Safety tells is that, for the latest reporting year, there were:
- 124 California bicycle accident deaths
- 11,379 California bicycle accident injuries
The five-year trend for bicycle injuries shows us that bicycle accident injuries have been decreasing. That is a good thing, but the numbers are still high. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of these crashes:
In the case above, the driver did not appear to be at fault. However, these crashes often occur due to driver negligence. This can include:
- Alcohol or drug-impaired drivers
- Drivers distracted by their phones or other devices
- Drivers who fail to see or yield for cyclists
Let us get to work on your behalf today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle crash that was caused by the negligence of another person, please seek legal assistance now. At the Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman, we are going to get to work on your case immediately. Our dedicated and skilled team will work diligently to secure the compensation you need for your crash-related expenses, including: