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Driver pleads guilty regarding bicycle rider's death

We previously wrote about a Newport Beach doctor that was killed while riding her bicycle. Since then, a driver pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to striking and killing this bicycle rider, and then fleeing the scene of the accident.

Specifically, the driver pled guilty to a felony count of hit and run and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. The driver will now spend four years in prison and another year in county jail.

Whether the sentence is just likely depends upon the individual. Unfortunately, criminal penalties often do little to assist individuals or family members coping with injuries and even deaths of people killed.

Though individuals need to be held accountable for their actions, personal injury attorneys are not there to punish individuals whose negligence possible caused the accident in question. What the attorneys are there for is to make certain that those affected by the injuries are not unduly punished because of their loss, and that they are allowed the resources to get the care they need and to get on with their lives.

These attorneys understand that individuals are often forced to pay out exorbitant expenses for medical care and other services. Also, injured people and family members often have to take time off of work and suffer from the missing wages. In the case of a fatality, family members have lost much more than simple lost wages.

Lawsuits in certain instances provide incentives for individuals and organizations to take additional steps to promote safety so accidents like the one mentioned above do not continue to happen.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Driver pleads guilty for killing doctor riding bike near beach," by Lauren Williams, April 14, 2013

  • Our Long Beach, California attorneys will assist individuals and family members dealing with injuries or deaths caused in bicycle accidents.

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