Carmichael Bicyclist Identified in Weekend Fatality

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June 04, 2019
Edward Smith

Carmichael Bicyclist Identified in Weekend Fatality

A Carmichael bicyclist who was killed in a traffic accident on June 1 has been identified by the county coroner’s office. She was 65-year-old Carmichael resident Linda Barrere. According to the report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident occurred along El Camino Avenue close to Landwood Way at around 8:30 in the evening. Barrere was going south on Landwood when she rode into the traffic on El Camino, reportedly without stopping. The driver of an SUV that was going east along El Camino was unable to stop in time and struck the bicycle rider in the intersection. Barrere died at the accident scene. It was determined by the CHP that neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to the accident. I would like to convey my sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Barrere for their tragic loss.

Bicyclist Intersection Accidents

Although a bicycle rider may be involved in a traffic accident anywhere, intersections are the most common locations. A Carmichael bicyclist may be injured by a motorist for the following reasons:

  • Reckless behavior: Motorists, just as bicycle riders, are expected to drive cautiously and not exhibit reckless behaviors that endanger others. Running through a red light, ignoring the California three-foot law and changing lanes suddenly can endanger a Carmichael bicyclist.
  • Intoxication: A motorist who is under the influence of drugs or drunk driving is a danger to everyone on the road. This is especially dangerous for a Carmichael bicyclist, who does not have the protections a motor vehicle does.
  • Speed: A motorist who is speeding increases the risk of death or injuries to a bicycle rider in a collision. The faster the vehicle is traveling, the more likely the bicycle rider will die in a crash with a motorist.
  • Distracted driving: A driver who is texting or talking on a cell phone, chatting with passengers or other behaviors may miss seeing a bicycle rider at an intersection.
  • Weather conditions: Rain, snow, and other weather conditions can affect visibility for both the motorist and a Carmichael bicyclist. Afternoon glare on a sunny day can also affect the ability to see clearly. Slowing down and using extra caution is needed to prevent an accident.

Seeking Help After an Accident

When a Carmichael bicyclist is injured or dies in an accident due to negligence by another, the injured person or family may be able to claim financial compensation. A lawyer can represent you with the insurance company to negotiate a fair settlement. If this isn’t possible, the attorney can conduct their own investigation to prove fault. This includes examining existing evidence such as the police report, witness accounts, and available film footage.

In addition, the lawyer has techniques available that can be more accurate and provide further proof. This includes using expert witnesses and performing crash reconstruction. By building a strong case, the injured person or family of the deceased may obtain the compensation they need.

Carmichael Bicycle Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Carmichael bicycle accident lawyer. If you were injured in a bicycle accident by a negligent driver or lost a loved one, I have free and friendly advice to offer you. Please call me at (916) 921-6400 in the Carmichael area. For those elsewhere in Northern California, I have a toll-free line at (800) 404-5400. I also have a contact page online.

I am a proud member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. It was established to recognize lawyers with the highest standards in the profession. I also belong to the Million Dollar Forum, which is available to lawyers who’ve obtained in excess of $1 million for a client.

I have successfully represented numerous Carmichael residents over my 37-year career as an injury lawyer. From all types of car accidents to traumatic brain injuries or wrongful deaths, I work hard to obtain compensation for those who have been harmed by the negligent actions of others.

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