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Danger of bicycle-car accidents shown after child's death

Many people in Long Beach take advantage of the warm weather in Southern California to get back and forth via bicycle. This is especially true with youngsters. When out on the road, drivers must be aware of bicyclists and give them room to ride. They must also adhere to traffic laws and yield. Unfortunately, when bicycles and vehicles are sharing the road, there is always a chance for car accidents. When a bicyclist or a pedestrian in injured or killed in an accident with a car, it is crucial to understand the steps to take in filing a personal injury lawsuit.

A turning vehicle crashed into a 12-year-old boy and his sister as they crossed the street in the crosswalk on their bicycles, killing him and injuring his sister. The accident occurred at shortly before 4 p.m. According to the accident investigation, the boy and his sister were leaving a school when they were both hit by a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. The vehicle was turning left. Both the vehicle and the kids had a green light. The girl was hospitalized after the accident and was reported to be stable. The driver of the Suburban, a 39-year-old man, remained at the scene and is being cooperative.

When there are motor vehicle accidents involving bicyclists, there is a substantial chance that there will be severe injuries and fatalities. The bicycle riders are not accorded the same protections that people in a vehicle are and even if they are wearing protective equipment, it helps in a limited way. Medical expenses, long-term damage, pain and suffering, and the emotional and personal impact of car accidents will be felt for an extended period. This is particularly poignant if children are the ones hurt in a crash. Insurance companies will try to preclude a legal filing with a settlement, but the offer is rarely sufficient to cover all that was lost.

With a bicycle accident in which there are injuries and fatalities, the investigation is key to the case and being compensated. Having a legal professional that will investigate the incident from the family's perspective is imperative to filing a lawsuit. The first call that should be made is to an attorney to help with a personal injury and wrongful death case.

Source:, "'He was always happy,' pastor says of 12-year-old killed while biking home in Long Beach," Jeremiah Dobruck, Nov. 13, 2017

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