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California car accident proves deadly for bicycle rider

California residents may be aware that a car accident can be a scary time for all involved. When a bicycle is also involved, the results can prove to be deadly. A recent car accident that involved a bicyclist has left one person dead.

The accident occurred as the man was riding his bicycle on a public street. He was riding with traffic and it appears he was riding with a woman. At the time of the report, it was unknown if he was related to the woman bicyclist. The man was killed when a car struck him as they were traveling in the same lane of traffic.

Initial reports indicate the man may have swerved in front of the car, however, it was also reported that the investigation is still ongoing and authorities are trying to determine the cause of the crash. The driver of the car remained on scene after impact. Since it is still early in the investigation, it is possible the driver of the car could be facing charges. If negligence is believed to have played a part, the family of the deceased bicyclist may want to pursue a civil suit.

Any California resident that feels they have been the victim in a car accident may benefit from having an understanding of the applicable state laws. When negligence is a factor, the family could be entitled to monetary compensation to help cover final burial expenses as well as other accident related expenses. With the proper knowledge, a person or family can be more hopeful a positive outcome will be achieved.

Source: Napa Valley Patch, "UPDATE: Bicyclist Killed on Silverado Trail ID'd as SF Man," Keri Brenner, Aug. 7, 2013

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