92-Year-Old Bicyclist Dies in West Sacramento
A 92-year-old bicyclist, Floyd “Andy” Anderson, was tragically killed in West Sacramento on Saturday after a truck hit him during his daily ride. He is remembered as a fun loving and giving man. According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, Mr. Anderson was riding his bicycle southbound on Jefferson Boulevard near Linden Road when he veered from the bike lane and was struck by a pickup truck. The unidentified driver, a man in his forties, cooperated with authorities. Our hearts go out to Mr. Anderson’s family and friends.
Bicycle Accidents in Sacramento
Bicyclists are disproportionately the victims of vehicle crashes. The city of Sacramento, and a growing number of cities in the US and Europe, adopted the Vision Zero project which aims to eliminate serious and fatal traffic injuries via safety improvements. Vision Zero began in Sweden in 1997. Sweden has reduced the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries by over a third since implementing the project. Vision Zero is based on four principles:
- Ethics: Life and health are more important than the road traffic system.
- Responsibility: providers and regulators of the road traffic system share responsibility with users;
- Safety: road traffic systems should consider human error and reduce both the opportunities for errors and the harm done when they occur; and
- Mechanisms for change: providers and regulators must do their utmost to guarantee the safety of all citizens; they must cooperate with road users; and all three must be willing to change to achieve safety.
Following these principles will hopefully make our roads safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and other users.
Sacramento Bicycle Laws
Cycling is becoming a popular trend in Sacramento, and the number of bicycle accidents are increasing. In California, bicycles are considered a “vehicle”, and therefore, like motorists, cyclists must abide by the rules of the road.
In an accident, if the bicyclist is found to have the right of way, the motorist may be liable. The most common causes of bicycle accidents are motorists who are distracted or drive under the influence, or motorists who don’t abide the rules of the road including running a stop sign/red light, or failing to yield.
Sacramento Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you were injured, or a loved one was killed, in a bicycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you are potentially entitled to compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and/or pain and suffering.
Call Kershaw, Cook & Talley for a free case consultation at (916) 520-6639. We can help protect your legal rights.