Bakersfield, CA (October 18, 2022) – On Sunday morning, October 16, in Bakersfield, CA a bicycle was involved in a collision with a vehicle that resulted in the tragic death of the bicyclist.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 5:40 am on Allen Road near Jomani Drive when a bicyclist was fatally struck by a vehicle. The victim was thrown from the bicycle and suffered severe injuries.
Numerous responders, including police and paramedics, were called to the scene to help those in need. The bicyclist, 29-year-old David Dee Wood Jr., sadly died from the injuries he sustained in the crash.
The driver of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries.
The cause of the deadly collision remains under investigation by local authorities. The area was closed as police investigated and cleared the accident.
We extend our deepest condolences to the deceased victim’s family at this time. Our hearts are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy.
In California, more and more commuters are using their bicycles for their daily commute to work and for traveling around town. California’s moderate climate and beautiful scenery make riding a bicycle an enjoyable pastime year-round. Bicyclists are just as entitled to their fair share of the road as other vehicles. Drivers need to be on guard to watch for bicyclists and respect their space. That doesn’t always happen in reality as bicycle accidents often occur.
Between 2007 and 2019, California reported 1,672 bicyclists were killed in accidents involving a vehicle. This averages approximately 129 people being killed every year and is increasing each year. Bicyclists are very likely to incur serious injuries or death if an accident does occur since they have nothing to protect themselves from being hit.
There are many reasons bicycle accidents happen. They overwhelmingly occur because of the negligent actions of the other drivers on the road. Some factors that contribute to bicycle accidents include cars drifting into bike lanes, carelessness when parking cars, cars not seeing a bicyclist, speeding, impaired driving, and distracted driving.
There is nothing more devastating than the unexpected and sudden loss of a family member, especially if the accident that took their life could have been avoided. When you lose a loved one, we understand that no amount of money could replace that person’s presence in your life. Filing a wrongful death suit against a negligent party can ensure that your deceased family member gets the justice they deserve and can help you to cope with their loss. Insurance companies have strict filing deadlines for filing a claim. A compassionate attorney can help you with this process, so you don’t have to worry about these matters on your own while grieving your loved one’s death.
If you have lost somebody you love in a fatal bicycle accident, speak with a legal advocate that you can trust. Please do not hesitate to contact a Bakersfield wrongful death attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified, therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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