Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA
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Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA
News and information about bicycle safety issues and bike accident claims in California from Los Angeles personal injury attorney, Steven M. Sweat.  
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After Fatal Crash With Cyclists, Driver's Tweets Help Spur Murder Charge : NPR

After Fatal Crash With Cyclists, Driver's Tweets Help Spur Murder Charge : NPR | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
An 18-year-old man in California stands accused of murder, after law enforcement officials upgraded a manslaughter charge against him, based on his tweets and driving history.
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

Is it not bad enough that you drive 85 mph in a 40 mph zone and hit and kill two cyclists in a bike lane but, then you have to brag about it on Twitter saying you went on a "death ride".  The California penal code defines "murder" as the "unlawful killing of a human being" with "malice aforethought" and the term "malice aforethought" is defined as either "deliberate intention" or when the circumstances surrounding the death show "an abandoned or malignant heart." California Penal Code section 187.  Looks like it fits the definition to me!


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Driver pleads guilty for killing doctor riding bike near beach

Driver pleads guilty for killing doctor riding bike near beach | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A motorist pleaded guilty Friday to accidentally hitting and killing a Newport Beach doctor as she bicycled with her husband along Newport Coast, court records show.
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

Our California coastal communities are where people like to bike more frequently than just about any other.  Unfortunately, this leads to increased interaction between motor vehicles and bike riders.  This story is a tragic case of what I, as a California bike accident lawyer, see all too frequently, which is a scenario where a motor vehicle strikes a bicycle rider and then flees the scene.  Inevitably, these incidents are witnessed and the witnesses come forward to provide license plate information which leads to criminal convictions and civil actions for recovery of money damages against the motor vehicle operator.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this particular victim's family.

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