At about 1 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014, a flatbed truck struck and killed a cyclist in downtown L.A., reported the Los Angeles Times. The truck hit the rider, a man in his early 40s, as he was heading southbound along the curb of South Alameda Street near East 20th Street. He was knocked to the ground and run over by the trailer’s rear wheels. He died at the scene. The truck driver remained at the scene. Authorities do not suspect that drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident and are investigating. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the collision, are asked to contact LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at 213-833-3713 or Detective Felix Padilla at 213-486-0753.
Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 72,593 people in Los Angeles County in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Bicyclists accounted for 4,789 of the victims. Los Angeles County ranked the 8th worst in the state for fatal and injury bike accidents. Large trucks were involved in 47 of the fatal and 1,607 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.
Families who have lost loved ones to traffic accidents may file wrongful death claims against the parties who caused the accidents in order to hold them liable for their losses. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the rider who was killed.
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