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Harald Herrmann Fatally Struck in a Wrong-Way Crash involving a Box Truck in Moss Beach
Moss Beach, CA (October 5, 2022) – Harald Herrmann (55) of Moss Beach was recently identified as the fatality in the wrong-way crash on Highway 1 near Cypress Avenue in Moss Beach. According to Patch, the crash was reported around 11:30 am.
Harald Herrmann was on his bicycle when he was fatally struck by a wrong-way box truck on Highway 1 near Cypress Avenue in Moss Beach.
On September 28, California Highway Patrol officers responded to a report of a fatal wrong-way crash involving a bicyclist and a box truck on Highway 1 near Cypress Avenue in Moss Beach.
The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as Harald Herrmann of Moss Beach.
According to authorities, a southbound box truck driven by Vincent David Qualls swerved into the northbound lane and then struck Hermann, who was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of the road. The box truck then crashed into a tree and came to a rest.
Qualls, the box truck driver reportedly had two hours of sleep prior to the crash. He also told the officers that he had lost control of the truck when he tried to grab a puppy off his lap.
Authorities arrested Qualls, and was charged with vehicular manslaughter.
If you have any information regarding this incident, you may call Officer D. LaRock at (650) 779-2700.
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More About Bicycle Accident Liability
When it comes to a bicycle accident, all states follow “side-of-the-road” rules. These indicate that bicycles must run on the right-most side of the road or bike lanes. However, they only need to abide by these rules if they run slower than auto traffic. States can have variations of “side-of-the-road” rules, combining them with other laws to protect bicyclists. However, bicyclists can leave the side of the road or bike lane if:
- they can keep up with moving traffic
- the lane is dangerously narrow
- making a left turn
- avoid road obstructions
Bicyclists can still be at risk regardless of their location on the road. They can get into collisions with moving vehicles or even parked ones. In addition to these rules, motor vehicles also have the responsibility to maintain a safe distance from bicyclists. Some bicycle accidents can stem from not having enough distance between the vehicle and the bicycle. In short, bicycles have just as much right to run on the road as any motor vehicle. Liability can depend on various details surrounding the accident. Luckily, a good bicycle accident lawyer can help you sort these out. Learn more about bicycle accident lawyers in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Moss Beach
In this case, the family members of Harald Herrmann can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
Do you have any legal questions about accidents? Get answers and common accident-related legal advice here:
- Wrongful Death
- Car Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Truck Accident
- Hit and Run Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
Indeed, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, getting your rightful compensation is also important to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby and Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, wrongful death, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Moss Beach, and Sacramento. Consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like professional advice about your case, call us today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Harald Herrmann.
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