Bicycling is increasing in popularity throughout the country, including California. With more cyclists on the road, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians in many communities must learn new habits to avoid serious pedestrian accidents.
In San Francisco, a recent pedestrian-bike accident occurred when a bicyclist hit a pedestrian tourist while she was crossing the street. The victim had the green light when the bicyclist went through a red light and struck her. Unfortunately, she suffered a head injury in the collision and later died from her injuries. Since the bicyclist illegally went through the red light and the victim was legally crossing the street at the time of the crash, the bicyclist may face serious criminal charges for hitting and killing the pedestrian.
Bicyclist May Be Criminally Prosecuted for Pedestrian’s Death
Criminal charges may be just the beginning for the cyclist. The pedestrian’s family may also seek civil remedies, including a wrongful death action. If the cyclist is found to have been negligent, the victim’s family may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as non-economic damages.
An Attorney Can Help
Busy roadways shared by cars, bikes and walkers are often the site of accidents and personal injuries. Depending on the circumstances, the person responsible for the accident and injuries may face criminal charges along with civil lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian-related accident on a California road or highway, please contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your options.