The Same Driver Struck Three Cyclists and Killed One After Separate Huntington Beach Bicycle Crashes
Huntington Beach, CA (September 12, 2023) – Authorities are in search of a driver who caused Huntington Beach bicycle crashes that hit three, where one succumbed to fatal injuries. According to The Orange County Register, police responded to the crashes around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Authorities are in search of a driver who caused separate Huntington Beach bicycle crashes that hit three cyclists, where one succumbed to fatal injuries.
The Huntington Beach police are searching for a driver who deliberately struck three bicyclists less than an hour late in separate Huntington Beach bicycle crashes, resulting in one fatality.
According to Jessica Cuchilla, a spokesperson for the police, all three accidents occurred within a one-mile stretch of road, on Springdale Street near Carr Park and the other two near the intersection of Warner Avenue and Edwards Street.
In the initial collision, a man reported that a black Toyota sedan had sideswiped him at Edwards and Warner at around 10 p.m., resulting in minor injuries.
Approximately half an hour later, a second incident happened, roughly a quarter of a mile north of the first, at Brad Drive and Edwards. Another cyclist said a black Toyota aggressively and intentionally sideswiped him.
While the police did not disclose details about the driver’s behavior that led to these Huntington Beach bicycle crashes, witnesses at the scene of the third crash reported similar behavior from the suspected driver.
The third crash occurred 15 minutes after the second incident, at 10:45 p.m., at Springdale and Heil, just around the corner from the second crash. A black Toyota sedan struck a cyclist and fled the scene.
Unfortunately, the cyclist died at the scene. The identity of the cyclist has not been made public.
Moreover, Caden Miskelly of Huntington Beach, who visited his friends nearby, expressed his concern for the safety of cyclists in the area. “It’s scary, especially with kids being out on e-bikes every day,” he remarked.
Furthermore, Jessica Cuchilla mentioned that the black Toyota sedan in all three Huntington Beach bicycle crashes probably damaged its front right side and bumper substantially. The police also suggested that this Toyota could be a four-door model.
J&M Tip: When you are involved in a bicycle accident, and the driver intentionally hit you, you may be entitled to other damages, such as punitive damages, aside from economic and non-economic losses. Only the court can impose this type of additional costs.
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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 Huntington Beach
In this case, the family members of the bicyclist fatal in these Huntington Beach bicycle crashes can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition to that, 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
- Hit and Run Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Truck Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
Certainly, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, it’s also important to get your rightful compensation 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, Huntington 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 to get professional advice about your case, give us a call 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 above-mentioned parties. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the families and friends of the victims.
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