San Joaquin County, CA – Early on the rainy morning of Monday, February 6, 2024, near Stockton, a fatal collision claimed the life of a bicyclist, according to CBS13.
The male bicyclist, whose name has not yet been released, was traveling on El Dorado Street, near Arch Airport Road, when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 32-year-old woman, who attempted to swerve out of the way before the fatal impact.
The driver stayed with the victim and cooperated with investigators.
Bicyclist Fatalities and Wrongful Death Claims
Motorists are required to exercise an additional “duty of care” towards bicyclists due to their heightened vulnerability in car accidents, which more often result in bicyclist fatalities.
In cases where a driver is found responsible for a bicyclist fatality, the victim’s family may have grounds to initiate a wrongful death claim through the driver’s insurance provider. Compensation from a wrongful death claim can help cover medical costs, burial expenses, and the financial support lost by dependents of the deceased.
Insurance companies aim to minimize payouts for claims they cannot outright deny. That is why the services of a proficient personal injury attorney can prove crucial for grieving families through the complexities of seeking justice for their loved ones.