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Bicyclist Fatality Accident Involving Semi Occurs in Anderson

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June 20, 2024
Edward Smith

Anderson Bicyclist Fatality Accident Occurs on Balls Ferry Road

A bicyclist fatality accident was reported in Anderson, southeast of Redding, on June 19 in a collision involving a big rig. The crash occurred around 9:47 a.m. on Balls Ferry Road between Duck Lane and Lone Tree Road. It was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) that arrived at the scene, the rider was found unresponsive. 

Coroner Called to Scene of Bicyclist Fatality Accident

A call was made to the Shasta County Coroner’s Office to come to the scene and declare the bicyclist deceased. The turn lane on the highway was blocked by the incident. The collision is being investigated by the CHP traffic accident unit to determine what caused the fatal crash and who was at fault.

Rider Vulnerability in a Bicyclist Fatality Accident

Bicyclists are inherently more vulnerable in accidents compared to motorists due to the lack of protective structures around them. While a car provides a metal frame, seatbelt, and airbags to reduce the impact of collisions, bicyclists rely solely on helmets and, in some cases, protective clothing. This disparity in protection often results in more severe injuries for bicyclists, even in low-speed crashes.

Why a Semi Driver Can Cause an Accident With a Bicycle Rider

Several factors can contribute to a semi-driver causing a bicyclist fatality accident. One of the primary reasons is the significant blind spots that semi-trucks possess. These blind spots, often referred to as “no-zones,” exist in the front, back, and sides of the truck, making it challenging for drivers to see nearby bicyclists. 

The sheer size and weight of a semi-truck can make maneuvers such as turning and braking more difficult, increasing the likelihood of a collision if a bicyclist is nearby. Distracted driving or fatigue, which are not uncommon among truck drivers due to long hours on the road, further exacerbates the risk of accidents. 

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim When a Negligent Trucker Causes a Bicyclist’s Death

When a bicyclist’s death is caused by the negligence of a trucker, the family of the deceased may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. The recoverable damages in a wrongful death claim typically include funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional distress experienced by the surviving family members. 

To pursue such a claim, the lawyer must establish that the trucker’s negligent actions directly resulted in the fatal bicycle accident. Evidence such as police reports, eyewitness testimony, and expert accident analysis can support the claim. In addition, the lawyer may demonstrate the truck company’s liability, particularly if factors like improper training, lack of maintenance, or violation of safety regulations contributed to the accident. 

Learn about wrongful death claims by watching this insightful video from accident attorney Ed Smith:


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