Hit and Run Bicycle Accident Injures Cyclist in Redding
I’m Ed Smith, a Redding Bicycle Accident Lawyer. Anthony Tyrone Revis, a 51-year-old man from Redding was sent to a hospital after being hit by a motorist on Tuesday, June 20.
Anthony was riding his bicycle at 3:10 a.m. on Lake Boulevard where he was struck by an unknown motorist. The driver was driving a white Nissan Maxima and fled the scene after the bicycle accident. Witnesses noted the Nissan headed east on Lake Boulevard while escaping. Authorities rushed Revis to a hospital with suspected head trauma. He was diagnosed by medical professionals with head injuries and an ankle injury.
Upon further investigation, Redding Police suspect Anthony Revis’ actions on his bicycle to be the cause of the accident. The driver involved has still not been apprehended and police are on the lookout for a white Nissan Maxima with possible body damage to the front passenger side. Please notify police of any information regarding this accident or the whereabouts of the vehicle and driver. There does not appear to have been any license plate numbers recorded.
Why Did the Driver Flee?
Usually, in hit and run cases, the fleeing driver is the one at fault in the accident. If the other person is at fault, most people would stay until the police arrive or resolve the issue with insurance to receive restitution for their damages. If a driver runs after an accident there may be many different reasons. If a driver does not have a driving license or insurance on their vehicle, they may flee the accident to escape a ticket from traffic police. Many people run if they know that they were driving under the influence. No matter who causes an accident, driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs is a serious offense, and many cases will put blame on the drunk driver. Illegal activity in the car, or by occupants of the vehicle is another reason to not stick around after a crash. The vehicle could have contained illegal drugs, weapons, and or contraband. The driver may have been tied to a recent crime and wanted to avoid being identified by the police. Whatever the reason, leaving the scene of a car, motorcycle, or bicycle accident on public roads is considered a felony and will be prosecuted as such.
Bicycling at Night
Noting the early hour of the incident, it could have been very hard for the driver to see Anthony as he was riding his bike along the road. Proper safety gear can greatly reduce the risk of being hit while riding in the darkness of night. Most bicycles come with reflectors on the front, back, and pedals, but their size and visibility are often not enough. High visibility vests with reflective tape are also recommended. Reflectors are a great, cheap option to improve one’s visibility but they rely on another light source to be effective. If you are not in the beam of someone’s headlights then it is harder to see you. Blinking red and white lights for the front and back of the bicycle is one of the best ways to keep safe while riding at night. Wearing safety gear and obeying traffic laws will help you avoid an accident and injury.
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I’m Ed Smith, a Redding Bicycle Accident Lawyer. If you or someone you care about end up in a situation like the one you just read, please give us a call at 530-392-9400 for free, friendly advice. Or call 800-404-5400 free of charge for helpful information that may help you in trying times as these.
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