Bicyclist Fatality Near Roseville
I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville personal injury attorney. A bicycle ride can turn deadly in an instant. Bicycle riders are at an extreme disadvantage in a motor vehicle versus bicycle crash. The bicyclist is hugely vulnerable to injury because they lack protection around their body. Pedestrians and bicyclists are no match when it comes to a 3500 pound motor vehicle.
A bicyclist lost his life while another cyclist was injured in a car versus bicycle collision on Monday, July 25, 2016. The tragedy happened along Fiddyment Road located west of Roseville. Authorities said the man who passed away was identified as Richard Elmer Lawson, 47, a resident of Rio Linda.
According to California Highway Patrol, Sgt. Tammy DuTemple, Lawson was struck down by a vehicle around 6:25 a.m. in the vicinity of Fiddyment Road, just south of Athens Avenue and a little north of west Sunset Boulevard.
Victim Not Wearing a Bicycle Helmet
DuTemple indicated Lawson was not wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the crash. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Authorities describe Lawson appearing to have passed away as a result of blunt force trauma he suffered in the crash. DuTemple said the deceased was riding with a female, also on bicycle. She suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment.
Motorist Tried To Avoid Impact with Bicyclist
A CHP news release described how Lawson was following the woman on her bike, riding northbound along the shoulder of the roadway when he suddenly swerved for unknown reasons into the path of a 2015 Ford Fusion, which was heading in the northbound direction of travel. The motorist, a 36-year-old male resident of Roseville, tried avoid the collision by swerving over the double yellow center lines so he wouldn’t hit Lawson but was not able to do so because of oncoming traffic.
Investigating Vehicle Versus Bicycle Accidents
Did you know that serious and even fatal bicycle accidents can be caused by the negligence of other motorists, by manufacturing problems in the bike or by defects in a road or highway? This is sometimes the case. That is why it is crucial to contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney who can perform a thorough investigation of the accident scene. A good attorney will preserve evidence including the vehicle and bicycle involved in the crash. The attorney will take measurements of the roadway checking for defects in the highway shoulder. He or she will also inspect the bicycle and vehicle checking for manufacturing issues that may have contributed to the crash. Obtaining the statements of witnesses and reconstructing the accident scene is another way to prove causation (fault) for a deadly crash. Call an experienced attorney for more information.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the fallen bicyclist. We hope the female bicyclist riding with Lawson makes a full recovery from her ordeal.
Roseville Bicycle Accident and Wrongful Death Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville Personal Injury Attorney. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car, bicycle or pedestrian accident, please call me at (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly advice. You can also dial me toll free at (800) 404-5400 if you are calling from outside the (916) region.
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Source: Bicyclist Fatality Near Roseville – http://www.thepresstribune.com/article/7/25/16/rio-linda-man-killed-car-bike-collision-fiddyment-road
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