Fatal Accident in Dixon Illustrates Serious Risks to Bicyclists on Northern California Roadways

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Sacramento accident attorney Mark Doughty warns of dangers to cyclists and motorists alike, importance of comprehensive insurance

“As this fatal accident reminded us, pedestrians and cyclists are exposed to numerous dangers while traveling on public sidewalks and roadways, especially here in Northern California with our plethora of highways,” said Mark Doughty.

A tragic accident last weekend, in which a 57 year-old man was struck and killed while riding his bicycle on Highway 113 near Dixon, is a sobering reminder of the serious dangers to the coexistence of cyclists and motor vehicles on the Northern California highways according to highly regarded accident attorney Mark Doughty.

Last Sunday afternoon, Robert Eugene White, 57, of Ryde in Sacramento County, was riding his bicycle north on state Highway 113, north of Cook Lane in unincorporated Solano County. According to a September 26, 2011, report on News10.net, he was riding near the right edge of the road when he was struck by a northbound 2003 Hyundai Tiburon driven by a 21 year-old driver who was about to pass White on the left. California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigators told News10 that White was ejected from the bike and struck the Hyundai's windshield on the passenger side, then landed on the road's right shoulder.

“As this fatal accident reminded us, pedestrians and cyclists are exposed to numerous dangers while traveling on public sidewalks and roadways, especially here in Northern California with our plethora of highways,” said Doughty, an experienced attorney who handles a number of bicycle accident cases. “Given their relative lack of bodily protection, pedestrian and bicycle accidents often result in catastrophic injury or death. In these tragic accidents, our legal team seeks justice and compensation for individuals – or family members of the victims – who are injured due to the negligence of another.”

Doughty cautions that it’s important for cyclists to know that they are subject to the same traffic laws and rules of the road as drivers of automobiles and other motor vehicles. A rider who is comparatively negligent in causing an accident, or who incurs more serious injuries by not wearing a helmet or other safety gear, can still recover a portion of damages from a driver or municipal authority whose negligence caused or contributed to the accident, according to Doughty.

About The Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty
Mark Doughty is the founding partner of The Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty, a law firm that practices accident and personal injury law throughout Northern California, with offices in Sacramento, Calif., Lincoln, Calif. and Yuba City, Calif. For more information about the firm, please go to http://www.golaw.com or call 530.674.1440.

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