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Car accidents involving bicycles often end with fatality

Many California residents rely on a bicycle as their main mode of transportation. However, cyclists tend to be vulnerable when they are sharing the road with motor vehicles, so car accidents involving bicycles are not unusual. Unfortunately, a cyclist was killed recently in Fremont when he was struck from behind by another man driving a car.

The incident happened very early on a Wednesday morning. According to police, the 28-year-old cyclist was rear-ended by the vehicle, driven by a 25-year-old man. Although the investigation is ongoing, police have said it appears the bicycle rolled up onto the vehicle, then remained there for some distance as the car continued to move. When the driver braked, the cyclist was thrown off. Arriving investigators found the victim lying in the street, but despite attempts to help him, he was declared dead at the scene.

The driver left the crash site for some time, but he returned a short time later to cooperate with investigators. Police have said the man drove to his workplace nearby, apparently with the mangled bicycle still on his windshield. He brought several of his co-workers with him when he returned to the accident scene. Investigators believe fatigue may have been a factor in the accident. The driver has given a blood sample so investigators can determine if drugs and/or alcohol were factors as well.

As cycling continues to be a popular activity, whether for leisure or transportation, cyclists and drivers sometimes struggle to safely share roadways. Sadly, car accidents like this one happen all too often. Although police have yet to determine if the driver will face charges, the victims' grieving family may consider pursuing the matter in California civil court. A successfully litigated wrongful death lawsuit could help them recover some of the monetary losses they will likely encounter as a result of this tragedy.

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