Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 7:33 pm
The Sacramento Bee is reporting that the bicyclist who was hit and killed by a garbage truck was Professor Kentaro Inoue of Sacramento. Professor Inoue was a UC Davis professor who loved biking. A spokesman for UC Davis aid that Professor Inoue was well-liked and an outstanding scientist. It was a shock to everyone that he was killed in a bicycle accident.
The tragic accident occurred in the 2000 block of West Capitol Avenue near Poplar Avenue. According to reports, the refuse truck and Professor Inoue were both headed westbound on West Capitol when the driver of the truck turned and collided with Professor Inoue’s bicycle. The profession died from his injuries at the accident scene. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends for the loss of their loved one.
How Serious Is The Problem?
The CA OTS reports that bicycle fatalities decreased by almost 13 percent from 2013 to 2014. During 2014, 128 bicyclists lost their lives in traffic-related accidents. Even though the state saw a decrease, one life lost is one life too many. According to one source, California tied with Arizona and South Carolina for the fourth highest rate of bicycle fatalities per capita. Another source has California as the state with the most bicycle accident fatalities.
Nationwide, 900 bicyclists lost their lives during 2013 and almost half a million riders required emergency room care after a bicycle crash. The reason for an increase in bicycle accidents in some urban areas could be the use of bicycles as an efficient, low-cost, green form of transportation. It could also be attributed to more people utilizing bicycling as a form of exercise or socialization.
What Do I Do If I Am In A Bicycle Accident?
Do not leave the accident scene! Call the police to report the accident and request assistance. If you are injured, ask for emergency medical services. While you are waiting, take pictures (provided you can do so safely) of the accident scene. Include pictures of any traffic signals/signs, skid marks, and objects on the side of the road. Make a note of the date, time, weather conditions, and road conditions. If you overhear any conversations, make notes about what you heard, including who made each statement.
Avoid discussing the accident with anyone present. Never say you are sorry — this could be misinterpreted as claiming fault for the bicycle accident.
Try to remain calm and quiet, except for obtaining names and contact information about the driver and any eyewitnesses, until help arrives. Even if you do not believe you are seriously injured, see your doctor as soon as possible after the collision. You could be suffering from a closed head injury, internal injury, or other condition that you may not be aware of because of the stress of dealing with the bicycle accident.
Contact A Sacramento Bicycle Accident Attorney
After you have bene seen by a physician, contact our Sacrament bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. You have the legal right to receive compensation for your injuries from a bicycle accident. Even if the driver is not known, you may still be able to receive compensation for your injuries. If your loved one died in a bicycle crash, your family is entitled to justice.
You can reach the Sacramento personal injury lawyers of the Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000. We offer free case evaluations and free legal consultation so you can receive answers to all of your questions about filing a bicycle accident claim.