Sacramento Bicyclist Fatally Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident

This past weekend, a local bicyclist was fatally injured in a tragic and preventable traffic accident. California Highway Patrol Officers say that the cyclist sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a car and thrown from his bicycle. The driver of the motor vehicle that struck and killed the cyclist fled the scene of the accident without offering help or contacting authorities, and is now being sought by police.

This terrible accident took place on the night of Sunday, October 4th near the intersection of Elkhorn Boulevard and 14th Street in Rio Linda. Officers of the California Highway Patrol reported that the cyclist, a man in his early 40s, was riding his bicycle on Sunday night in the designated bike lane when the accident took place.

Bicyclists face a high risk of crash-related injuries every time they are out on the road. Even cyclists that follow the proper safety precautions can be seriously injured or killed by negligent motor vehicle drivers that fail to pay attention to their surroundings.

The statistics about bicycle injuries and deaths in the United States are troubling, and show that more must be done in order to protect the safety of cyclists:

• The Center for Disease Control announced that an estimated 494,000 Americans visited emergency rooms in 2013 due to injuries related to bicycle accidents.
• According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 743 bicyclists were killed and another 48,000 were injured in traffic accidents in 2013.
California had the largest number of bicyclist fatalities out of any state in 2013, with 141 deaths.

Here are some important steps that all bicyclists can take to protect themselves on the road and help make sure that they arrive at their destination safely:

• Always wear your helmet: In California, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to ride a bicycle without wearing a helmet. Although adults over the age of 18 are not required by law to wear a helmet, it is strongly recommended. Helmets reduce the risk of sustaining head and brain injuries in the event of an accident and save hundreds of lives every year.
Use bike lanes whenever possible: Using a designated bike lane is extremely important for keeping bicyclists safely separated from larger motor vehicles. If you are planning a bicycle ride, plan your route ahead of time and stick to designated bike lanes wherever possible. For maps of bike lanes and more tips about biking safely around Sacramento, click here.
Stay visible at all times: It is advisable for bicyclists to avoid going out after dark whenever possible, as it is much more difficult for motor vehicle drivers to see cyclists on the road after the sun goes down. However, if you cannot avoid biking after dark or during periods of low visibility, make sure you wear bright, reflective clothing and equip your bike with warning lights to alert drivers of your presence.

Bicyclists have a right to safely travel on roads and highways without having to fear for their safety. Likewise, drivers of motor vehicles have a responsibility to share the road and watch out for bicyclists.

If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident that was not your fault, call Del Rio & Carichoff right away. When you call, our experienced, dedicated and compassionate Sacramento Bicycle Accident and Personal Injury attorneys will speak with you for free, investigate your case, and help protect your rights.

When you trust Del Rio & Carichoff to handle your serious injury case, you owe us nothing unless we achieve a recovery for you. At Del Rio Carichoff, we don’t get paid until you do. It’s that simple.

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