Bicyclist Killed in Collision with Motor Vehicle in Berkeley
I’m Ed Smith, a Berkeley personal injury lawyer. On February 8, 2017, an early morning collision between a motor vehicle and bicyclist in North Berkeley resulted in the death of the unidentified man riding the bicycle. The accident occurred about 7:00 a.m. along Sacramento Street near Ada Street in Berkeley. According to a witness to the accident who was passing by, said he arrived just after the accident occurred and found the bicyclist lying prone on the ground. He said he discovered the man was not breathing and had no pulse.
Witness Account of Fatal Accident
This witness reported that he performed chest compressions on the cyclist until Berkeley emergency personnel arrived a short time later. He said that cars traveling northbound commonly merge in this area. The witness speculated that the early hour, the rain and the fact that the cyclist was not wearing a helmet might have contributed to his death.
Investigation Ongoing as to Cause
The male driver of the vehicle involved in the deadly collision stayed at the scene of the accident and is cooperating with authorities. The Berkeley Police Department investigation team will be in charge of determining the cause of the accident.
Bicycle Accident Law and Statistics for Berkeley, California
Although it is unknown at this time whether head injury caused the death of this cyclist, it stresses the importance that bicyclists of all ages should wear protective helmets and use other precautionary measures to avoid serious bicycle accident injuries or death in a collision. In California, the bicycle helmet law only applies to those under the age of 18. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, in 2014, there were 160 reported injuries or deaths from bicycle riders that occurred in Berkeley.
Berkeley Bicycle Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyers
I’m Ed Smith, a Berkeley personal injury lawyer who has a great deal of experience representing the families of those who have faced the death of a loved one. Funeral and burial costs in addition to lost income the decedent would have provided may be recoverable through a wrongful death suit. Phone me at (510) 631-0200 for friendly and free advice. You can also call me toll free at (800) 404-5400 or contact us online. Your consultation will be free of charge, and there is never a fee until you receive a verdict or settlement.
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