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Bicyclist Killed in Santa Cruz Hit-And-Run Car Accident

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A 31-year-old man was killed in a San Francisco area car accident involving a hit-and-run driver, the night of June 27, 2011. According to a KCOY news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred at Soquel San Jose Road and O’Neill Lane in Soquel. The man was fatally injured when a car driven by a 33-year-old woman struck him. She left the scene of the accident but returned within a half hour to give a statement. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash. The women did not have alcohol in her system when she returned to the site of the fatal accident.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the man killed in this tragic hit-and-run car accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 68 people were injured due to bicycle accidents in the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County. During that same year, there were two fatalities and 189 injuries reported involving Santa Cruz County bike crashes.

Leaving the Scene of a Crash

Based on this news report, the driver who hit the bicyclist left the scene initially and then returned a while later. California law requires motorists involved in car accidents to stop immediately and remain at the scene until authorities arrive. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

It is not clear why the woman left the scene. It is illegal, immoral and irresponsible to leave an injured person lying on the roadway without help. I trust officials are looking into what caused the woman to strike and fatally injure the bicyclist.

Liability Issues

In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of companionship, and other related damages. The victim’s family would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

Lost a family member in a San Francisco hit-and-run car accident? Want to know your rights? Want to know what your case is worth? Want compensation? Want justice? Want to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to another family?

Call your best friends in the legal industry after a fatal Santa Cruz County bicycle accident. Call 800-481-8656. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.

Call a Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys San Francisco wrongful death lawyer for a free professional evaluation of your rights by attorneys who have been representing families of deceased accident victims since 1978. You will experience award winning representation and outstanding personal service by a compassionate and understanding law firm in a comfortable environment.

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