A tragic accident occurred in Santa Rosa on July 31, 2012, at approximately 7:00 a.m. According to published reports, a cyclist was riding westbound down a steep hill near the intersection of Fountain Grove Parkway and Thomas Lake Harris Drive when he was struck by a Chevrolet pickup truck. The cyclist has been identified as 37-year-old Ruben Hernandez from Modesto. Tragically, Mr. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family.
The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as
22-year-old Adam Bigham of Sebastopol. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office
is investigating to determine if any criminal charges will be filed as a result of this accident. A Sonoma Police Sergeant made a
statement that indicated that Mr. Bigham made a left-hand turn directly into the path of the cyclist and other traffic. Sadly, this avoidable accident appears to have been caused
by driver inattention.
drivers are a danger to cyclists, pedestrians, and other motorists. Some common bicycle accident scenarios involving
inattentive drivers include: “dooring”
cyclists when failing to look before opening a car door, unsafe lane changes,
failing to look when travelling through intersections and cellphone usage. Fatal and severe accidents can occur whenever
a driver’s attention is not completely focused on the roadway.
The compassionate bicycle accident attorneys of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP understand the stress and emotion that families experience after
losing a loved one in a fatal bicycle accident.
We are committed to helping victims and their families rebuild their
lives following traumatic accidents.
experienced trial lawyers never back down from a fight on behalf of our clients
regardless of whether the responsible party is a negligent motorist, a vehicle
or auto-part manufacturer, or a government entity. We are committed to helping victims and their
families while making responsible parties pay for their negligence. If you or loved one have experienced a
bicycle or pedestrian accident call Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP today for a