Los Angeles Police are searching for a vehicle that was involved in causing a deadly bicycle accident in Koreatown. ABC New 7 reported that the collision occurred in the early morning around 3:30 a.m. According to witnesses the man was struck by a motorist who immediately fled the scene.
Because the bicyclist was thrown into the street, he was subsequently hit by two other vehicles. Officers have not yet identified the man, though he was said to be in his thirties, and he died at the scene due to the severity of his injuries.
In a hit-and-run bicycle case like this one, that occurred in the early morning with few witnesses, officers are beginning their investigation by searching the area to see if the incident was caught on camera so they can try to find the car that caused the accident. They have asked anyone with information on this accident to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (213) 473-0222.
Hit-and-run accidents sadly occur far too often. There is never a good reason to leave an accident, especially if the driver caused serious harm, but drivers often flee if they were driving under the influence or driving without a license. However, if found, a driver who flees the scene of an accident with face criminal charges in California.
In addition to any criminal charges, the driver will be liable for the Los Angeles wrongful death of this cyclist. When a fatal bicycle accident occurs, it is often the result of negligence of the car driver—in California, cars are supposed to share the road with cyclists and cyclists have the same rights as vehicles. Sadly, too often motorist either assume they have the right of way or fail to see bicyclists until it is too late. When a driver causes an accident that results in the death of a cyclist, the family of the cyclist will be able to bring a wrongful death claim against that driver. Even if the driver is never found, there may still be options for recovery through the cyclist’s own insurance.
If you have lost a loved one in a bicycle hit-and-run, or another bicycle car accident where the driver was at fault, you should speak with an experienced bicycle wrongful death attorney who can help you receive compensation for your loss. When a family member has been suddenly and unexpectedly taken away, worrying about a wrongful death claim could be the last thing you want to do. However, this type of claim can provide compensation to the family to help ease the unexpected financial burden of their loss. Compensation from a wrongful death claim can help cover medical, burial, and funeral expenses, as well as payment for lost wages with is particularly important when the accident victim was the primary income provider.
No one should have to lose a loved family member due to someone else’s negligence. If your family is facing this situation, contact Walch Law at 866-465-8792. For year we have helped families in with their wrongful death claims—we know how difficult this situation can be and will do our part to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today for your free consultation.