Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents are a serious problem among the cycling community. In cities across the United States, drivers are more likely to strike a cyclist and drive away than they are when they hit another vehicle. It could be said that striking an unprotected person on a bicycle is more panic-inducing than hitting a person in the protective shell of a car, but there is no excuse for hit and run accidents ever.
In the News
Unfortunately, a recent hit and run accident for cyclists turned deadly for a different reason in Long Beach. In this incident, two friends were riding down the street when one was struck by a Ford Expedition. After the accident, the driver of the car sped off, and the victim’s riding companion peddled after him.
The cyclist eventually ended jumping on the hood to try and stop the fleeing driver. Even as the car swerved, trying to throw the cyclist off, the cyclist tried to reach into the car to turn off the ignition. Unfortunately, after a half-mile, the cyclist was thrown off, and after hitting his head on the curb, passed away.
In a small bit of fortune, the first victim walked away with only minor injuries, but the perpetrator ended up fleeing after abandoning the vehicle. While this is a story almost straight out of an action movie, it shows how innately angry cyclists are at the frequency of hit and run accidents in their community. Unfortunately, it ended poorly for the cyclist trying to get justice for their friend.
Hit and run accidents are difficult not only for seeking legal action but if there is no one else to report the accident, then it can turn even more serious for the victim who needs medical attention. If you were involved in a cycling accident, even if it was a hit and run, contact us today. The Law Office of Gary Brustin can help you seek justice.