Injury Law Blog

What to do after a fatal bicycle accident

In our last two posts, we have been discussing a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) that revealed an alarming increase in bicycle fatalities over the past few years, particularly in the state of California.

As we reported, most fatal bicycle accidents occur in either California or Florida and involve adult males. If you are a California resident who has recently lost a loved one in a fatal bicycle accident, you should know that there is help available.

Chances are that your loved one did nothing wrong in the fateful moments leading up to the accident. That’s because most bicyclists use extreme caution and are hit by motorists who are not paying attention or are driving too fast.

In cases involving a negligent driver, the family of the victim is often entitled to damages for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Additionally, it is sometimes possible for cities or states to be held responsible when fatal bicycle accidents are the result of dangerous road conditions or hazards.

Of course, no amount of money can ever take away the pain and suffering caused by the accident, but these damage awards can be successful at helping the family pick up the pieces after a fatal bicycle accident has left their lives shattered.

Our firm has years of experience assisting the families of bicycle and pedestrian accident victims stand up for their rights and hold negligent parties responsible. Taking a stand not only is beneficial to the family, it can also help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

For more information on pursuing a personal injury lawsuit after a serious bicycle accident in California, please visit our Sacramento Bicycle Accident Lawyer page.

For more information on holding negligent parties responsible following a fatal accident in California, please see our Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer page.