Bicyclist on Watt Avenue Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver
A bicyclist injury occurred in North Highlands on June 3 after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. The collision occurred along Watt Avenue just north of Roseville Road around 12:37 p.m. When officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrived at the scene, they discovered an adult male in his 30s lying in the roadway near the bicycle.
Authorities Seek Hit-and-Run Driver
The bicycle rider advised that a vehicle, possibly a Nissan Sentra, had struck him. Authorities are investigating the crash to find out how it happened and are seeking the hit-and-run driver.
Identifying a Hit-and-Run Driver After a Bicyclist Injury
In today’s society, having an accident with a driver who flees the scene is increasingly common. However, some of these drivers can be identified. We have found these negligent drivers and held them accountable for their actions a number of times after causing a bicyclist injury accident. Upon finding the culprit, the injured party may file a claim for compensation to cover their medical bills, pain and suffering, and wages they lost because they were unable to work.
The investigators attempt to identify the vehicle and driver by:
- Investigators examine the police report for errors and gather details about the hit-and-run driver.
- While performing accident reconstruction, our investigators photograph the scene and examine paint and metal pieces from the vehicle to identify its model and make.
- Investigators examine traffic and business cameras for film footage. If the bicyclist injury accident was captured on film, it can be subpoenaed.
- In addition to taking possible descriptions of the vehicle, the driver and license plate number from witnesses to the bicycle injury accident, they are questioned about whether anyone filmed the crash.
- The bicycle is examined to see if a defect contributed to the bicyclist injury accident. If it did, a claim can be placed against the manufacturer for product liability.
Another Option to Obtain Compensation
An injured party can utilize their uninsured/underinsured policy when the negligent motorist cannot be traced. When anyone in California purchases auto insurance, they have the option to buy this add-on. It covers both incidents involving automobiles and bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians. A household member who has this insurance can cover the cost if the injured party does not. The insurance rate is not affected.
Bicycle Injury Accidents
Bicyclists are seriously injured and killed each year by negligent drivers. They are injured in various ways, such as:
- The driver cuts in front of the rider in the bike lane without looking for the bicycle.
- When a driver fails to yield to a bicyclist, he or she may cause a serious accident. It is the California three-foot rule that requires drivers to maintain three feet between themselves and bicycle riders.
- At the same time a bicyclist is crossing an intersection, a motorist runs a red light. This is one of the most common reasons for bicyclist injuries.
- The driver parks at a curb without checking for bicyclists first before opening the car door. Known as dooring, this type of accident can result in serious injuries to cyclists.
- As a motorist backs out of a driveway, he fails to look for approaching bicycles.
North Highlands Personal Injury Lawyer
My name is Ed Smith, and I am a North Highlands personal injury lawyer. If you were injured in a bicycle collision by a hit-and-run driver, we may be able to help. Contact us at (916) 921-6400 or at (800) 404-5400 from long-distance for free and friendly advice from one of our injury lawyers. We can arrange a free consultation in person or virtually to review your case and tell you about available options to recover damages. You can also message us online if you prefer.
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