Merced County Crash Kills Isidro Ramirez
A 69-year-old man by the name of Isidro Ramirez was killed when riding a bicycle on October 17th.
Authorities have identified the victim, and JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ramirez.
The incident occurred around 4:20 a.m. on Highway 140.
According to CHP, Ramirez was in the eastbound bike lane when a 1997 GMC Sierra struck him from behind.
Ramirez was taken to Mercy Medical Center and later died at the hospital.
In addition, the driver was fully cooperative with authorities at the scene.
It is unclear what may have factored into the collision, however neither alcohol or drugs played a part.
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.