Placer County, CA – On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, in the rural Lincoln area of Placer County, a bicyclist received critical injuries in a hit-and-run collision, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The accident was reported to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) at 1:30 PM, summoning them to the intersection of Crosby Herald and Wise Roads. The bicyclist had been traveling on eastbound Wise when struck.
According to witness reports, the driver had been driving a silver sedan missing its right front mirror. It was last seen fleeing the accident site, driving south on Crosby Herald.
The CHP’s search for the driver is ongoing.
Hit-And-Run Bicycle Accidents
Cyclists are owed a “duty of care” from drivers no matter where they meet. Motorists are legally obligated to monitor the roads ahead, and all mirrors and blind spots, for any rider who may be nearby. Drivers must hit the brakes to avoid any chance of a collision. This legal responsibility stems from the fact that cyclists travel with little to no protection when alongside heavier and faster cars, trucks, and SUVs.
Drivers must also stop once a collision has occurred to get medical attention for a cyclist as fast as possible. Remaining on the scene, turning on hazard lights, and blocking off traffic also reduce the chances of the victim being struck by approaching motorists who may not be able to see an injured cyclist down in the street.
Personal Injury Claims
After a vehicular accident, in addition to emotional distress, victims and their families can be overwhelmed with the sudden financial burdens of medical bills, loss of income due to recovery time, and in unfortunate circumstances, burial fees.
The responsibility for these costs should fall upon the driver responsible for such injuries and their insurance provider. However, insurance companies will try to minimize the compensation for any claim they cannot deny, which is why having the help of a skilled personal injury attorney can prove crucial in ensuring justice for victims of vehicular accidents.
Martin Gasparian is the founder of Maison Law, a California Personal Injury Law Firm. Martin is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School and has been practicing law in California 2004. His practice focuses on helping injury victims know their rights and recover just compensation.