A man in California died after he was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle on Sept. 1. The incident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Oahu Drive and Bolsa Chica Street in Huntington Beach. According to investigators, the 55-year-old male victim was riding a motorized bicycle southbound on Bolsa Chica Street when he was struck by a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 heading in the same direction.
Officers responded to the scene to find bystanders tending to the accident victim. He was brought to UCI Medical Center in critical condition and eventually succumbed to his injuries. Police were able to locate the Mercedes vehicle near the scene of the accident. Officers suspected the 51-year-old driver was inebriated when the accident occurred and arrested him after conducting an interview. He was charged with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Major Incident Reconstruction Team was working towards determining the cause of the crash. Surviving relatives of the accident victim may benefit from meeting with legal counsel about filing a wrongful death claim against the driver. The suspicion of DUI charges may make it easier for the plaintiffs to prove that the driver is liable for the resulting damages. If lawyers can prove that the driver is culpable, plaintiffs may be able to collect restitution to help account for economic or noneconomic damages resulting from the death, such as funeral and burial expenses, medical costs or loss of support.
Fatal car accidents often center on determining whether the defendant is responsible for causing the damages suffered by the surviving relatives of the victim. Lawyers might be able to help gather enough evidence to implicate the defendant of causing the incident. Witness statements and reports submitted by special investigators often serve as sources for uncovering evidence in these types of cases.
Source: KTLA, "Officials Identify Huntington Beach Bicyclist, 55, Killed in Suspected DUI Crash", John Moreno, September 03, 2014