Moises Romero, 47, of Caruthers, died in a bicycle accident in Fresno County. Romero was hit by a sport utility vehicle near the intersection of Mountain View and Tahoe Avenues in Caruthers according to a story in the Fresno Bee. California Highway Patrol officials say that Romero rode into the path of a Ford Escape driven by a Riverdale man.
I offer my deep condolences to Romero’s family for their irreparable loss.
According to CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four bicycle accident fatalities and 157 injuries involving bicycle accidents in Fresno County in 2006.
If I were a member of the Romero family, I would question how officials arrived at the initial determination that Romero rode into the path of the Ford Escape. Did they base that inference on what the driver of the Ford Escape said, or were there other eyewitnesses who corroborated that information? If I were an attorney representing the Romero family, I would not buy the story unless there is specific evidence and eyewitnesses other than the driver of the SUV saying that Romero was at fault.
Romero’s family members would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Fresno bicycle accident attorney, who will thoroughly investigate this accident and find out what really happened. A skilled personal injury lawyer will examine the physical evidence, locate eyewitnesses and talk to these witnesses to determine the facts of the case.
A knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney will also examine laundry list of issues that may have a role in the accident such as whether there was another vehicle involved or whether there were any dangerous conditions on the road that played a role in the accident making this a hazardous roadway accident. Any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within six months of the incident.