Sacramento Bicyclist Fatally Injured After Being Struck by Car
On Sunday, February 7th, a Sacramento resident was fatally injured after being struck by a car while riding his bike. The accident took place at around 7pm in Arden Arcade near the intersection of Auburn Boulevard and Morse Avenue.
The bicyclist, who Police described as a male in his 40’s, was fatally injured at the scene. Police say that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but their investigation into the accident is ongoing. Police are now trying to determine whether excessive speed may have been a factor, and also whether or not the bike had lights on it that could have helped alert motorists of its presence.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released their most recent data on accidents involving bicyclists in the United States. Unfortunately, the data shows that far too many cyclists are being seriously or fatally injured in accidents involving cars and other passenger vehicles.
Here are some key findings about bicycle accidents:
726 bicyclists died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 in the United States, the most recent year for which data is available.
• In 2013, California lead the nation in bicyclist fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents with 141.
• Bicyclist fatalities in California increased by 8.6% between 2012 and 2013.
If you use a bicycle regularly to commute to work or school, or simply for exercise, you can greatly reduce your risk of being seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident by taking a few simple steps.
• Remember to always wear your helmet
• Wear bright or reflective clothing when riding at night
• Stick to riding in designated bike lanes. For maps of designated bike lanes throughout Sacramento, click here.
If you or a loved one are ever injured in a biking accident that was not your fault, call Del Rio & Carichoff. When you call, you will speak with an experienced Sacramento Bicycle Accident attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your accident and fight to ensure that your rights are protected.
At Del Rio & Carichoff, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front. We take all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing unless we recover for you. At Del Rio & Carichoff, we don’t get paid until you do. It’s that simple.