A cyclist in Long Beach has died after trying to stop a driver from fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident.
The cyclist was riding with a friend around 1 p.m. when his friend was struck by a 2000 Ford Expedition, which sped off after the accident. The other cyclist gave chase and jumped onto the Expedition’s hood to try and stop the driver. As the driver weaved and swerved trying to throw the cyclist off, the cyclist tried to reach into the vehicle to turn off the ignition. He stayed on the vehicle for a half mile before being thrown off. He hit his head on a curb and died as a result.
According to authorities, the driver then looped around and paused to look at his victim. He then abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
The first victim managed to walk away with only minor injuries. Both victims were not wearing helmets at the time.
Not only do hit-and-run accidents make it more difficult for the victim or family to seek legal recourse, it can also delay the arrival of emergency services if the victim is unable to call for help and there are no other witnesses. This delay can lead to further injury if the victim does not receive medical attention, injury that can be compensable if the perpetrator is found.
Your bicycle accident attorney can work together with police to locate whoever hit you and bring them to justice. Your own automobile insurance policy may protect you after a hit-and-run accident, even though your automobile was not involved. An experienced attorney can help you receive all the compensation available to you.