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Do you regularly bike in downtown San Diego?  Whether you’re bicycling through the city on a weekend or using your bike as a mode of transportation to and from the office, a bicycle accident can lead to catastrophic injuries.  According to a recent article in KPBS News, the San Diego City Council and San Diego County Bicycle Coalition have joined forces to make bicycling a safer activity.  There’s a new San Diego Bike Loop that’s marked by green symbols along the road.  It’s a 7-mile route that will “take riders from downtown to Bankers Hill, Little Italy and San Diego Bay.”

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The San Diego Bike Loop is an important step forward in preventing serious bicycle accidents in San Diego County.  If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, however, it’s very important to talk with an experienced San Diego bicycle accident attorney about your case.  Contact the Walton Law Firm today to learn more about how we can help.

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There’s an update on the bicycle accident that killed Eric Ringdahl, 45, of Carlsbad, Calif. Ringdahl had been wearing a helmet and was riding properly in the bicycle lane at the time of the accident. Each year, thousands of car accidents result from drowsy driving, and this recent fatal crash is no exception.

Investigators Discover Driver Asleep at the Wheel

According to an article in UT San Diego, the driver who struck and killed Ringdahl “had fallen asleep behind the wheel.” San Diego police Lieutenant Kelly Cain confirmed that the driver told police that he had been heading home from a night shift at his job in San Diego when “he fell asleep and drifted into the bike lane.” Kelly indicated that there was no evidence suggesting anything to the contrary.

Early last Sunday morning, a cyclist was struck and killed by a motor vehicle in Carlsbad, according to San Diego’s local CBS 8 News. In this bicycle accident case, the victim was headed north in the bike lane on El Camino Real, just north of La Costa, when a northbound vehicle struck the cyclist from behind. The victim had been with a fellow rider at the time of the accident. Several people called 911 to report the crash.

The victim, Eric Rindahl, was a 45-year-old Carlsbad resident with a wife and children, according to CarlsbadPatch.com.

Ringdahl sustained a head injury and was left unconscious after being struck from behind by the vehicle, according to the Carlsbad Police Department. Although police and fire personnel responded to the scene, the bicyclist died at the scene. At the time of the news report, the driver of the vehicle had not been cited or arrested, but the accident remains under investigation.

After being struck by a Chrysler sport-utility vehicle, a bicyclist was killed. According to a report from UT San Diego, the bicyclist has been identified as 63-year-old Charles Raymond Gilbreth. The accident occurred at 3:34 p.m. on Wednesday on Montezuma Avenue in the College Area. Both the driver of the SUV and Gilbreth were heading east on Montezuma. San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown stated that Gilbreth was in the bike lane when he was hit from behind. Although neither speed or alcohol were factors in the accident, the impact was substantial enough to give Gilbreth fatal injuries. bike.jpg

Like in many similar situations, our San Diego bike accident lawyer recognizes that the cause of the accident may have been negligence. Drivers have an obligation to adhere to a standard of care when driving. When drivers have poor judgment and fail to exercise safe driving habits, they have violated that standard of care and are thereby categorized as negligent drivers. From the information that has been disclosed thus far regarding this incident, it is possible that the driver of the SUV was not paying attention to the roadway when Gilbreth was struck. If the driver had been paying attention and exercising reasonable care while driving, the accident could have been prevented.

As mentioned in previous posts, San Diego wrongful death lawsuits are appropriate in situations such as these where a death would not have occurred had the responsible party for the death acted in a safe and reasonable manner. Surviving family members of the victims have standing to bring such lawsuits. Surviving family members who bring wrongful death lawsuits may have a difficult time receiving a favorable outcome from the court if the victim was also negligent during the incident. If the victim was also negligent, then this would create complications in establishing that the responsible party’s misconduct for the death was in fact the primary cause of the death.