A tragic bicycle accident claimed the life of a 25-year-old Los Angeles man on June 15, 2013. Phillip Jordan O’Neill was riding his bike near the California Institute of Technology campus on the 1100 block of East Del Mar Boulevard, between Wilson and Michigan Avenues in Pasadena, California, when he was hit by a vehicle from behind. Following the accident, Mr. O’Neill was rushed to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The type of vehicle involved in the incident has not been released, but has been described in several published reports as a compact car. No arrests have been made in connection with the accident yet, but that could change upon further police investigation.
At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and sympathy are with the O’Neill family in their time of grief. Losing a loved one in a bicycle accident is a tragedy that no family should have to endure.
This terrible and preventable accident is reportedly the 33rd bicycle accident fatality in Southern California in the past six months. Unfortunately, the frighteningly high number of fatalities is not uncommon in the Southern California area, or in many other similar biking communities.
In California, bicyclists and pedestrian far too often become the victims of negligent or inattentive drivers. Drivers have a duty to be attentive on the roadway in order to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. If a driver is found to have been operating their vehicle inattentively, they will be held liable for their negligent driving and will owe compensation to the victim or their family.
At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP, our bicycle accident attorneys have decades of experience investigating bicycle accidents and have consistently obtained compensation for accident victims and their loved ones. If you have lost a loved one because of a negligent or inattentive driver, call Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP today for your free consultation and case evaluation.