At about 8:35 p.m. on Sunday, July 8th, a vehicle struck and killed 62-year-old bicyclist Harold Blahut in Hesperia. While traveling southbound on Hickory Avenue at about 30 to 40 miles per hour, the driver of a Volkswagen Passat hit Blahut, who was also heading southbound. Paramedics transported him to Desert Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities are investigating and believe alcohol may have contributed to the accident.
“With little protecting them from the vehicles with which they share the road, cyclists are especially vulnerable to injury should a collision occur,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “however, if they are not at-fault for the accident, they may seek compensation from the negligent party for the cost of their recovery. In the event that the accident proves fatal, the rider’s family may file a wrongful death claim.”
The California Office of Traffic Safety reported that a total of 3 cyclists were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Hesperia in 2010. Comparing the incidence of fatal and injury cycling collisions in the town with that of 103 other cities with similar sized populations, the agency ranked Hesperia 101st for safety in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Harold Blahut, the bicyclist who the vehicle struck and killed last night.
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