Alan Earl Miller, 55, was killed in a Riverside car accident after his bicycle was struck by an SUV the afternoon of May 10, 2010. According to the Daily Pilot, Miller, a Costa Mesa resident, was riding his bicycle on Temescal Canyon Road in an unincorporated part of Riverside County when a 2003 Ford SUV driven by 42-year-old Scott J. Reis struck him from behind. California Highway Patrol officials say Miller was thrown off his bicycle by the impact of the collision. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say Reis went off the roadway before he struck Miller. CHP officials have not arrested Reis pending an official investigation.
I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Alan Earl Miller for their profound loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one death and 61 injuries involving bicycle accidents in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County. In Riverside County as a whole, bicycle accidents claimed nine lives and caused 362 injuries during the same year.
Causes and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the SUV, Reis, may have been at fault for this fatal bicycle collision. It is not clear what caused Reis to go off the roadway and hit Miller who was riding his bicycle. Was Reis under the influence? Was he distracted by something? Was he fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel? Was he speeding or driving recklessly? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine fault in this case.
If Reis is determined to have been at fault, then, he could be held liable for the wrongful death of Miller. In addition to facing criminal charges, Reis could also be held financially liable for the accident and resulting death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved families of deceased accident victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical or funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
If a dangerous or defective roadway played a part in this accident, the county or governmental agency responsible for maintaining this roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code section 911.2, any such claim against a public entity must be filed within six months of the incident. The best Riverside personal injury lawyers will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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