The Southern California weather and traditionally busy streets make bicycling a common form of transportation in the area. Though vehicles and bikes try to share the road, bicycle accidents can still happen. Recently, an Oxnard traffic collision involving a car and a bicyclist resulted in the death of the cyclist.
Oxnard police department responded to the scene of the crash that occurred early in the morning, around 4:30 a.m. KEYT News reported that a Honda Civic was driving on Statham Boulevard and hit the cyclist. The cyclist sustained very serious injuries--emergency personnel responded and attempted to save him, but the cyclist died at the scene due to his injuries.
The driver of the Honda Civic did stay at the scene and cooperated with police and investigators. The exact cause is still under investigation and it is not known if drugs and alcohol or speed contributed to the cause. If it is determined that the driver of the car is responsible for causing the accident, either because of his negligence or intentional bad acts, that driver will be liable to the family of the cyclist for his wrongful death.
Dangers of Cycling
Though cycling can be an efficient way to commute and even a fun way to get around town, cycling can be especially dangerous for the cyclists. Cycling can be dangerous for a variety of reasons including:
- The fact that a bike has no barrier between the road and the cyclist
- A bike is smaller in size and thus less visible to drivers
- Bad road conditions can cause a cyclist to fall, sending them into traffic
- Drivers can be distracted and not look out for cyclist
- The size and speed of a car can cause devastating injuries or death if a collision occurs
Because of these dangers it is crucial that you use caution when biking and always be aware of your surroundings. Taking other safety precautions like using a helmet, wearing reflective material and using a light when biking in the dark, and always following traffic laws can help make your rides safer. However, if you are harmed in a Los Angeles bike accident, or a loved one was killed by a car while biking, it is important to contact a skilled Oxnard personal injury and wrongful death attorney who can help you get compensation for your losses.
Speak With a Skilled Oxnard Wrongful Death Attorney
When a loved one is killed while cycling due to the negligence or intentional acts of a driver, the victim's family can bring a wrongful death claim against the driver for compensation for their loss. If this has happened to your family, the skilled wrongful death attorneys at The Kann California Law Group can help you bring a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim can help you obtain needed and deserved financial recovery to cover the costs associated with your loved ones' death and the damages you suffered as a result. We can talk about your situation and answer questions you may have about bringing a wrongful death claim in a free case consultation--contact us today at 888-744-7730 or use our online contact form to schedule your consultation today.