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Fatal car accidents: California Highway Patrol seeks driver

While the vast majority of people on California roadways choose to use traditional motor vehicles to travel from place to place, there are other alternatives. For example, some people choose to ride a bicycle for the benefits to the environment and the reduced costs associated with doing so. Unfortunately, car accidents caused by negligent drivers can often have devastating consequences for cyclists. Police are currently seeking the driver they believe is responsible for a recent fatal collision involving a bicyclist.

The accident happened one morning on a day in May. According to people who live nearby, drivers in the area are known for speeding, and a witness claims that the driver that struck the cyclist was driving erratically. According to witness reports, the pickup truck drifted over and struck the 36-year-old cyclist.

Reports indicate the cyclist died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the pickup truck reportedly fled the area. Police are continuing their search for the driver.

With the technology that police officers have available to use coupled with the fact that there was a witness to the accident, it is likely that the driver of the pickup will be identified. While some families who have lost a loved one in such a manner find a sense of closure in knowing that justice can be pursued in criminal court, it does not help with the financial implications of such a loss, including funeral expenses and loss of wages. As a result, victims of car accidents in California have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court. A successfully presented case could result in an award of damages that will help surviving family members deal with these consequences.

Source: abc30.com, "Bicyclist killed in hit and run crash east of Kingsburg", Brian Johnson, May 24, 2016

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