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Car accidents can be fatal to cyclists sharing the roads.

California has long been known as a unique place to live, work and travel. The beautiful scenery includes both large metropolitan cities and sprawling rural landscapes. Unfortunately, the large number of residents and tourists to this great state means that the roads are often crowded, and car accidents remain all too common. 

While many car accidents in California may not be serious, all have the potential for serious damage and injury, and some even result in death. While sharing the road with bicycles is not uncommon, and many places have designated bike lanes, accidents involving both larger vehicles and bikes often end in tragedy for the operator of the bicycle. While obedience to traffic laws and conscientious driving can certainly help, car accidents occur every day.

Recently, a 67-year-old woman driving a minivan somehow allowed the vehicle to drift onto the shoulder. She reportedly struck a stop sign, a mailbox, a parked vehicle and, most tragically, a man riding a mountain bike. Emergency services responded to the accident, and the cyclist was flown to a nearby hospital for medical care. Sadly, he suffered fatal injuries. While it is not known if the driver of the van was impaired at the time, the crash remains under investigation. 

While most people make an effort to use safety and awareness while traveling the roads, accidents, by nature, cannot be entirely prevented. In cases such as these, especially involving death or serious injury, it can be difficult for victims and their families to know how to proceed in the aftermath of car accidents. Medical bills, legal proceedings, funeral expenses and other sometimes confusing arrangements must be made. Often, seeking the aid of a compassionate attorney can be of great help to people who have already suffered as a result of a tragic accident.

Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cyclist dead after East County crash", Gary Warth, April 17, 2018

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