FILLMORE, California – Bicyclist Guadalupe Cruz, 81, was struck by a big rig truck and killed on the morning of Wednesday, June 6 at the intersection of Ventura Street and C Street, according to a Fillmore Police Department press release.
Truck driver Victor Leija was making a turn on a green light at the intersection when he struck down Cruz at the intersection about 8:27 a.m., the report said.
Cruz suffered major injuries in the bicycle accident. Paramedics arriving at the scene of the truck accident transported Cruz by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center where he was treated, but died later the same day at 4:41 p.m.
Do you have information regarding this fatal bicycle accident? The investigation is ongoing and anyone who might have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Fillmore Police Department/Sergeant Aguirre (805) 524-2235.
Ventura Bicycle Accident Statistics
There were two bicycle deaths and 3,421 bicycle injuries recorded in San Diego County traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic report. In California, overall fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additionally, national statistics show that overall traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
“Every time someone is killed in a bicycle accident it’s a tragedy for friends and family who are not anticipating losing a loved one,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Bicyclists are especially vulnerable to traffic collisions especially involving large trucks that may not see them as easily as smaller vehicles.”
For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in bicycle traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.
If you are injured the insurance company may try to settle your claim quickly, but they do not have your best interests in mind. Some injuries may lead to long-term ailments requiring pain medication, therapy or loss of function – those killed in a bicycle crash may be the sole provider for his or her family.
There is no cost to speak to our experienced legal professionals about your bicycle accident until we have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the bicycle accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.
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