A tragic bicycle accident occurred on Monday October 7, 2013, in south Sacramento County at the intersection of Florin Road and East Parkway. According to published reports, a female cyclist was struck by a Regional Transit bus at the southeast corner of East Parkway. The bus made contact with the rear wheel of the bicycle, which threw the cyclist directly into the path of the bus tires. Tragically, the victim was unable to survive the severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has recently identified the victim as 51-year-old Rachel M. Martinez of Sacramento. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts are with the family of Ms. Martinez in their time of unimaginable grief. The wrongful death of a love one in an avoidable bicycle accident is a terrible tragedy that no family should be forced to endure.
This terrible accident demonstrates the vulnerability of bicyclists. Given the dynamics between larger vehicles and bicycles, a brief moment of driver inattention or negligence can result in fatal and severe injuries. Drivers have a duty to comply with all traffic safety regulations and attentively operate their vehicles. When this duty is breached, drivers can be held liable for the pain and heartache they cause.
When a cyclist is injured or killed in an accident involving public transportation there are a host of complicated legal issues and procedural pitfalls that must be navigated. For example, claims involving public entities have an accelerated statute of limitations of six months. Accordingly, it is important that bicycle accident victims and their families immediately contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer to protect their rights.
At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our compassionate legal team specializes in fighting for bicycle accident victims. We have successfully represented clients involved in all types of public transportation including accidents caused by buses, railroads, taxis, cable cars, and trolleys.