A driver was recently booked in the Orange County Jail for felony hit-and-run following a fatal bicycle accident. The driver is believed to be responsible for killing a 41-year old bicyclist after striking him and failing to stop his vehicle. According to authorities, the 25-year old driver struck the bicyclist from behind, throwing him 50 feet forward. Authorities noted that drivers are required to make space for bicycles and bicyclists.
When a loved one has been killed in a bike accident, surviving family members may unexpectedly be left struggling with emotional and financial damages they did not anticipate facing. Fortunately, when a bicyclist has been struck and killed by a negligent driver in a fatal pedestrian accident, legal resources are available to help surviving family members with the financial and emotional damages they may face. Criminal charges or citations may be used as evidence of negligence in a wrongful death claim for damages.
A wrongful death claim for damages is brought on behalf of loved ones of a victim who have been wrongfully killed. The claim is brought for the benefit of surviving family members to help them recover compensation for the damages suffered. Damages are specific to the circumstances and characteristics of the victim but can include medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services, lost prospect of inheritance, pain and suffering and other damages.
Legal options protect surviving family members of loved ones wrongfully killed such as in a fatal bicycle accident. Because of the devastating impact a tragic bike accident may have on surviving family members, it is helpful for them to be familiar with the legal protections that are available to them. Legal options may help them with the challenging future ahead they face following the loss of a loved one.
Source: NBCLosAngeles.com, "Huntington Beach Bartender Arrested for Fatal Hit-and-Run of Fountain Valley Resident," Marin Austin et al., Sept. 15, 2017