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SUV kills 1 bicyclist, injures another

One bicyclist was killed and another was seriously injured in a Nov. 28 accident that occurred in the vicinity of Nacimiento Lake Drive and Adelaida Road near Paso Robles. The cyclists were struck by a sport utility vehicle operated by a man who admitted to officials that he was distracted immediately prior to the incident, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The event took place at about 3 p.m. Reportedly, that is when the SUV, a GMC Yukon, was traveling near the intersection of Nacimiento Lake Drive and Adelaida Road. Authorities stated that the SUV driver was an 18-year-old man and a Paso Robles resident. According to authorities, the SUV driver swerved suddenly to avoid the car in front of him after dropping his cellphone on the floor of the vehicle and retrieving it, and that is how he purportedly hit the two bicyclists.

One of the struck cyclists was a 59-year-old man from Seal Beach. He was hospitalized for the injuries he suffered in the accident. Authorities did not immediately disseminate the name of the other cyclist, who died as a result of the event.

As illustrated by this Nov. 28 incident near Paso Robles, bicycle accidents can be deadly. Without any sort of structural protection, cyclists are particularly susceptible to catastrophic if not fatal injuries during a traffic accident.

The families of these fatal accident victims are not always prepared for the financial costs associated with funerals, burials and other end-of-life expenses. However, the bereaved families mat have legal recourse in the event that the deadly bike accident can be attributed to the negligent or reckless actions of another party, such as the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash. With the counsel of an attorney, certain family members of the decedent may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: KSBY, "Cyclist and driver identified in fatal crash near Paso Robles", Olivia DeGennaro, November 29, 2014

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