Vallejo Motorist Hits American Canyon Bicyclist

Vallejo Motorist Hits American Canyon Bicyclist

Vallejo Motorist Kills American Canyon Bicyclist

Vallejo Motorist Hits American Canyon Bicyclist

I’m Ed Smith, a Vallejo Auto and Bicycle Accident Attorney.  Bicyclists and motorcyclists are at a much greater risk of sustaining life threatening injuries when involved in an auto accident.  On June 3, 2016, a member of the Napa and American Canyon community was hit and killed by a Vallejo woman.

What Happened?

On the evening of June 3, 2016, Paul Shapiro was riding his bicycle home to American Canyon from his office in Napa near the Napa County Airport.  A 76-year-old motorist operating a Honda CR-V strayed out of her lane and onto the shoulder where Schapiro was riding.    Shapiro was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries.  He was 58.

What Caused the Accident?

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating what caused the driver of the CR-V to drift out of her lane.  Alcohol, drugs, and possible medications are all possibilities and haven’t been ruled out.

Cyclists v. Motorists

Riding a bicycle, even in bike-friendly towns, is always dangerous when riding amongst traffic.  The same is true for those that choose to ride motorcycles.  Unfortunately, even if these alternative commuters obey all protocols for their vehicles and take precautions, their safety is still dependent on motorists that drive traditional vehicles.  When these traditional commuters fail in their duty to bikers, the consequences can very easily be deadly for the less protected commuter.

Vallejo Bicycle Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Vallejo Auto and Bicycle Accident Attorney. I’ve been helping auto, motorcycle, and bicycle accident victims and their families recover compensation for their personal injuries and wrongful deaths since 1982. Please call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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