Sacramento Fleeing Driver Causes Fatal Bicyclist Accident

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August 21, 2023
Edward Smith

Fatal Bicyclist Accident Reported at Railyards Boulevard

A fatal bicyclist accident happened in Sacramento on August 17, and the vehicle driver fled the scene. The crash occurred on Railyards Boulevard at Bercut Drive, which parallels the West Side Freeway, around 5:30 a.m. When officers with the Sacramento Police Department arrived, the bicycle rider was found to be seriously injured and down on the road. 

Authorities Seek Hit-and-Run Vehicle in Fatal Bicyclist Accident

Although fire department emergency responders attempted measures to save the man’s life, he died at the scene. The vehicle being sought in the fatal bicycle incident was described by police as an Acura TL, dark in color and with driver’s side damage. Anyone with information about this accident should phone (916) 808-5471.

Wrongful Death Claim After a Cyclist Fatality Accident

When a negligent driver causes a fatal bicyclist accident, the family has the right to file a wrongful death claim. This is especially important if the deceased person contributed to the family’s finances. Although no amount of money can make up for a family’s loss of a loved one, it can help them get closure and justice. By filing a claim for wrongful death, the following is usually recovered:

  • Expenses for the funeral and burial
  • Wages the decedent would have earned until retirement age
  • Usual job bonuses such as retirement and insurance benefits
  • Loss of consortium, affection and moral support for the surviving spouse
  • The family’s children may recover compensation for their loss of parental guidance, love and nurturing

Tracking Down a Hit-and-Run Driver

It can be a difficult task to locate a fleeing driver after a fatal bicyclist accident, but it happens all the time. In the above case, the vehicle was identified, as well as where damage to it would show. Through our many years of service as a law firm, we have successfully located hit-and-run drivers in a number of cases. We believe it is difficult for a grieving family not to get justice for our loss, so we work hard to locate the vehicle and driver. Some of the investigative techniques we use include:

  • The accident report issued by the police is examined for information and errors.
  • Local body shops are checked to see if the vehicle in question was taken in for repairs.
  • Cameras used for surveillance in the area are examined to determine if the bicyclist fatality accident was captured.
  • Any witnesses to the fatal crash are interviewed to see if additional information is available such as a description of the driver or license plate number.

Watch the video below to hear from injury lawyer Ed Smith about the damages that you may be able to recover in a wrongful death case:

Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. You and your family may file a wrongful death claim if another’s negligence caused your loved one’s death. Your family may not be comforted, but it holds the person responsible for their actions. To receive compassionate, free and friendly advice about whether you can file a claim, call (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. Our services are also available online.

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