Sacramento Hit-and-Run Injures Bicycle Rider

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April 11, 2023
Edward Smith

Stockton Boulevard Hit-and-Run Injures Bicyclist

The rider of a three-wheel bicycle suffered injuries in Sacramento on April 6 after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. The accident happened around 2:43 p.m. along Stockton Boulevard between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. The bicycle rider reported pain in their side, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) accident report. 

Authorities Searching for Hit-and-Run Motorist

Information was not released on whether the injured bicyclist received treatment at the scene or was taken to a hospital. The CHP is looking for the fleeing driver and determining how the accident happened.

Hazards of a Hit-and-Run Accident on a Bicyclist

Bicycle accidents are incidents in which a bicyclist is hit by a vehicle where the driver leaves the scene without stopping to provide assistance or exchange information. Bicyclists are more vulnerable to injury than occupants of cars when involved in a collision because they do not have the same level of protection. As a result, bicyclists are more likely to be thrown from their bicycles or to make contact with the vehicle or the road surface, which can result in serious injuries such as broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries.

Why Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accidents Occur

Bicycle accidents involving a fleeing driver can occur for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Intoxication: A driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol may panic after hitting a bicyclist and flee the scene to avoid getting caught for driving under the influence.
  • Fear of legal consequences: A driver who is not properly licensed or insured or has a prior criminal record may flee the scene to avoid facing legal consequences for their actions.
  • Lack of awareness: A driver may not pay attention or may be distracted and not realize they have hit a bicyclist. They may then leave the scene out of ignorance or a failure to understand the seriousness of the situation.
  • Panic: A driver involved in a collision may panic and leave the scene out of fear or confusion, even if they would not normally engage in such behavior.

How Can an Attorney Help When a Bicyclist Is in an Accident

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, an attorney can provide valuable assistance and support throughout the legal process. Here are some ways that an attorney can help:

  • Your attorney can investigate the accident to gather evidence, interview witnesses and identify the responsible party. This information can be used to build a strong case against the driver who hit you.
  • Your attorney can help you pursue compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. They can negotiate with insurance companies and, if necessary, file a lawsuit to recover the total damages you are owed.
  • Dealing with insurance companies can be complicated and frustrating, especially if you are trying to recover from your injuries. Your attorney can handle all communication with insurance companies on your behalf, which can help reduce stress and allow you to focus on your recovery.

An attorney can provide essential support and guidance after a bicycle accident caused by a fleeing driver. By working with an experienced attorney, you can increase your chances of obtaining fair compensation and holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Sacramento

I am Ed Smith. I’m a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. Our accident attorneys can provide free and friendly advice if you have been injured by someone else’s negligence. You can reach us at (916) 921-6400. You may also contact us by calling (800) 404-5400 or sending an online message. 

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