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California wreck claims life of bicyclist

Bicyclists sometimes face a number of threats when they ride, from poor road conditions to a distracted or drunk driver. In San Francisco, the high number of bicyclists and busy streets can lead to disaster. When a bike accident takes place, it could cause a fatality or the need for long-term medical care. As a result, it is imperative for bicyclists and drivers to always follow traffic laws and be cautious every time they take to the road.

According to law enforcement officials, a bicyclist turned left abruptly, putting himself directly in front of traffic. After he made the turn, an SUV struck the biker, causing the 73-year-old man to hit the windshield.

Authorities stayed at the scene to investigate the incident, which occurred at 2:15 p.m. in Watsonville, for a number of hours. The driver of the SUV, a 43-year-old woman from Watsonville, was heading north on Salinas Road while driving to a football game her son was playing in. She had two children in the vehicle with her when the crash took place and claimed to have been in shock following the collision.

In the news reports that cover these incidents, much of the attention focuses on details of the accidents, injuries and deaths. However, victims of a bicycle accident and even their families may struggle with additional problems that are not mentioned in the press. For example, the financial consequences of a wreck (medical expenses, legal fees, funeral costs) can be staggering. Anyone who is trying to move forward after an accident could benefit from talking to an attorney.

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