Authorities reported that a bicycle accident that occurred in Auburn on July 3 left a Dutch Flat woman dead. The accident took place in the westbound lanes of Foresthill Road just west of the Foresthill Bridge around 6:40 a.m. The driver who is suspected of striking her was detained and booked into the Placer County Jail.
A California Highway Patrol trooper stated that the woman was riding her bike toward Lincoln Way when a Toyota driver became distracted and struck her with his truck. The cyclist died as a result of the injuries that she suffered. The driver, who was identified as a 37-year-local old man, was taken into custody after investigators came to believe that he was driving while under the influence of an intoxicant.
At the time the report was released, the authorities were still investigating the cause of the accident. It was not known if they planned to officially file criminal charges against the driver once the investigation was completed.
Many residents who live in or nearby California's major cities use bicycles as a main mode of transportation or for fun and exercise. However, when motorists become distracted around cyclists, there is the possibility that they may cause a crash. Those who are injured in a bicycle accident or who lose a family member in a fatal bicycle accident may be able to file a lawsuit against the liable driver. A lawsuit may allow the injured person or family member of a deceased cyclist seek compensation for damages that were sustained, which may include any medical bills incurred, income that was lost, or pain and suffering.
Source: KAHI, "Early Morning Accident Leaves Bicyclist Dead On Foresthill Road", July 03, 2014