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Fatal Bicycle Crash Involving 2 Vehicles on Hwy 65 near Pioneer Ave in Porterville; DUI Suspect Arrested

Porterville, CA – According to KSEE, a male bicyclist lost his life after he was struck by two vehicles on the night of Sunday, June 16, 2024, leading to the arrest of one driver on DUI charges.

Porterville Police were dispatched to the area of Highway 65 and Pioneer Avenue around 8:56 PM in response to a reported traffic collision initially thought to involve a pedestrian. Sadly, the victim had already succumbed to his injuries by the time emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Investigators determined that the deceased man had been riding a bicycle and entered the northbound lanes of Highway 65 from the center median. During this maneuver, he was struck by two vehicles. The occupants of the involved vehicles did not sustain any injuries.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of one of the vehicles was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. This driver was subsequently arrested on DUI charges.

The Porterville Police Department continues to investigate the details surrounding the crash and urges anyone with additional information to come forward.

Duty of Care Toward Bicyclists

Drivers owe a “Duty of Care” to bicyclists regardless of where they encounter them. This legal obligation arises from the fact that bicyclists have less protection while navigating alongside heavier and faster vehicles like cars, trucks, and SUVs. Motorists are required by law to be vigilant on the roads, in all mirrors and blind spots, for any nearby riders. Drivers must be prepared to brake to avoid any potential collisions.

Moreover, drivers must immediately stop in the event of a collision to seek prompt medical attention for the bicyclist or pedestrian. Staying at the scene, activating hazard lights, and blocking traffic can also help prevent further harm by reducing the risk of the victim being struck by oncoming motorists who might not see an injured bicyclist on the road.

Wrongful Death Claims

Whether or not a collision results in criminal charges for any of those involved, families who have lost a loved one in a fatal collision may be able to file a Wrongful Death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver.

The compensation provided by a Wrongful Death claim can relieve the financial burdens created by medical expenses, burial costs, and the loss of income needed to support the deceased’s dependents.

Insurance companies will work to reduce any claim they cannot deny. This is where the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney proves invaluable, negotiating on behalf of victims and their families to ensure they receive proper compensation.

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