Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Scene After Hitting Bicycle Rider
A bicycle accident was reported in Grass Valley on April 15 in a hit-and-run collision that caused injuries. The accident happened shortly after 5:00 p.m. at the Golden Star Road intersection with Noranbagua Lane. The accident report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that the individual who called in the incident said they came across the injured bicyclist, and there were no other vehicles there at the time.
No Information Released on Condition of Rider Injured in Hit-and-Run
Information was not provided on injuries to the bicycle rider and whether they were treated at the scene or transported to a hospital. The accident is being investigated to determine how the collision occurred.
Negligent Drivers at an Intersection Can Cause a Bicycle Accident
Accidents at intersections that involve bicyclists are unfortunately all too common. Negligence by a motorist is the common cause of a bicycle accident, including the following actions:
- The driver is speeding and can’t slow down in time to avoid striking a bicyclist with their vehicle.
- Running a red light or stop sign is one of the most common causes of a bicycle accident.
- The driver makes an improper turn or doesn’t look for bicycle riders going through the intersection.
- A motorist refuses to yield the right of way to a rider walking their bike on the crosswalk.
- A driver switches over to the bike lane to make a right turn without looking for a rider.
When a Driver Flees the Scene of a Bicycle Accident Injury
My investigators at AutoAccident.com have a good record of locating hit-and-run drivers when they flee the scene of a bicycle accident. We believe it is difficult enough to have to face being injured, perhaps be hospitalized and then have to go through the recovery period. While this is going on and medical bills are piling up, the injured person cannot work and often has no income to pay their bills.
We believe it is only fair and reasonable that the individual who caused the accident should face their responsibility and assume the cost of the injured bicyclist’s medical bills and other losses. The way we locate the missing driver is by investigating the bicycle accident and collecting evidence to support our client’s claim for compensation, such as:
- Our investigators go to the bicycle accident scene to take photographs and look for clues to identify the vehicle, such as smears of paint and metal pieces that have dropped to the ground. Because paint colors are specific to manufacturers and the year the vehicle was made, that can be used to identify the make and model.
- Area traffic surveillance cameras are examined to find out if the accident was captured as it happened. If it was, those records can be subpoenaed.
- Anyone who was a witness to the accident is interviewed. Sometimes, a witness can identify the vehicle, since many hit-and-run motorists live near the scene. Others may recall a portion of the license plate number or recognize the driver of the vehicle who caused the bicycle accident.
- The police report is checked for accuracy and any helpful information.
Covering Your Expenses With Insurance
Those who have the uninsured/underinsured add-on for their auto insurance can use that to cover their medical costs. The insurance is usable for auto accidents or bicycle and pedestrian injury collisions. If you do not carry this insurance but someone else in the family does, that can be used instead. It won’t affect your policy rates.
Grass Valley Personal Injury Lawyer
I am Ed Smith. I’m a Grass Valley personal injury lawyer. Bicycle injuries are frequently serious, but when a negligent driver causes them, the injured party may place a claim to recover compensation. For a free evaluation of your case, contact us at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. If you prefer, you can reach us online.
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