Police officials believe that a truck driver may have failed to yield the right-of-way to a 22-year-old bicyclist who recently lost her life after a FedEx truck slammed into her. The fatal truck accident occurred at the intersection of Ladera Vista Drive and Nutwood Avenue in Fullerton. California officials are now investigating exactly what circumstances might have caused or contributed to causing this tragic accident.
At least some reports do indicate that the young woman riding her bicycle east along Nutwood Avenue may well have had the right-of-way as she rode. The same reports claim that the FedEx driver was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto that same roadway at the time of the collision. The bicyclist was evidently unable to prevent the collision and she suffered fatal injuries as a result.
The truck driver did not flee the scene and has reportedly been cooperating with the official investigation into the accident. Authorities have indicated that they are not yet prepared to say exactly why the truck struck the bicyclist. Unfortunately, this fact may well make the woman's death even harder on the family and friends who may be struggling with coming to terms with her loss.
California law does provide surviving relatives the chance to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the event of a fatal truck accident. Succeeding in a civil lawsuit like this typically requires the demonstration that another individual's actions were negligent and caused or contributed to another person's death. A successfully-litigated wrongful death action can help surviving family members recover some of the financial damages they may have suffered. It can also serve as a warning to truck drivers and their companies to be more careful in following along with traffic laws and safety regulations.
Source: NBC 4 Southern California, "FedEx Truck Hits, Kills Female Bicyclist in Fullerton," Melissa Pamer and Rosa Ordaz, June 21, 2013