Readers of our San Francisco personal injury blog are well aware that deadly accidents happen on a regular basis in the area. In many cases, the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident may give rise to a wrongful death claim.
One such accident recently left a bicyclist dead after she was hit by a concrete-mixing truck. The 48-year-old San Francisco woman was killed near AT&T Park after being hit by the truck. The victim was riding her bicycle on King Street near Third Street when she was hit. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Thousands of people were waiting to enter AT&T Park for an event at the time of the accident. According to investigators, the driver of the concrete mixer cooperated with police. Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be implicated in the accident.
Unfortunately, deadly accidents such as the one in this story happen on a daily basis in the Contra Costa area. The loss of a loved one in this manner can be both emotionally and financially devastating for surviving family members and friends. This is especially true where a death may have been prevented.
In many cases, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim against the parties responsible for the accident. Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits for relief, separate from any criminal charges. The success of a wrongful death suit depends on several factors, so it's important to seek the assistance of an experienced Contra Costa personal injury attorney. A wrongful death claim gives the victim's surviving family members the opportunity to recover damages for pain and suffering, medical bills and loss of companionship.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "Bicyclist killed by cement truck is IDd," Will Kane, Feb. 11, 2013