Jorge Alvarado, 27, was killed in a San Bernardino bike accident after his bicycle was struck by a vehicle the morning of April 8, 2010. According to a news release from the San Bernardino Coroner, the fatal bicycle collision occurred on Greenspot Road, near Santa Ana Canyon Road, in Highland. A vehicle that was going north on Greenspot lost control, crossed over into the southbound lane and hit Alvarado, who was riding along the shoulder. Alvarado was thrown off his bike. He died at the scene. Police say drugs or alcohol do not seem to be a factor.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jorge Alvarado for their devastating and heartbreaking loss. According to the Coroner’s website, Alvarado was a member of the Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team and a pro cyclist. Tragic! Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers. This incident reminds us about the dangers bicyclists face on our roadways each and every day.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and one injury involving bicycle accidents in Highland. In San Bernardino County as a whole, eight deaths and 274 injuries were reported as a result of bicycle accidents.
What Caused this Accident?
Based on this news report, it was the driver of the vehicle who lost control, went across traffic lanes and struck the bicyclist who was riding in the shoulder of the roadway. The question here is: Why did the driver lose control of the vehicle? Investigators say drugs or alcohol was not a factor? Was the driver distracted at the time of the accident? Was he or she driving at an unsafe rate of speed or recklessly? Was this accident caused by a vehicle defect or a mechanical malfunction in the vehicle? I trust officials are looking at all these and other issues in order to determine precisely what happened here.
Claim for Compensation
Victims or their families in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced California bicycle accident lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and determine whether there was any negligence or wrongdoing involved. If that was the case, Alvarado’s family could file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party seeking compensation to cover funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
What can cities do to make our roadways safer for bicyclists?
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