City Employee Truck Hits & Kills Bicyclist
A deadly bicycle accident occurred in Long Beach on Friday morning at 17th Street and Oregon Avenue.
The incident took place around 7:42 a.m. on February 19th in the Washington neighborhood.
Per reports, a 59-year-old Long Beach city employee driving a Ford F250 truck southbound struck the victim.
The accident was the result of a stop-sign violation.
Sadly, the rider was declared dead at the scene despite life-saving efforts by paramedics.
The involved driver stopped at the scene and was fully cooperative with authorities.
Investigators are working to determine liability. Another city employee also witnessed the crash, per city officials.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of kin.
Similar to motorcyclists, bicyclists are just as vulnerable on the roads. According to the NHTSA, 30% of bicycle accident injuries occur when hit by a vehicle. In addition, these injuries are often the result of the driver not paying attention.
Another issue that factors into bicycle and vehicle accidents is the fact that both parties are not fully aware of their rights/responsibilities on the road. Who has the right of way? Drivers are also not always knowledgeable of when to yield. When a driver fails to yield, more of these accidents are likely to occur.
Because of the various dangers bicyclists face on the road, it is important that they possess all protection equipment.
If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.