3/1/2012Shortly after 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29th, 79-year-old Ernest Klein was killed in a bicycle accident in Huntington Beach. A 2009 BMW collided with Klein while he was riding eastbound on Bolsa Avenue near Able Lane. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities interviewed the 23-year-old Long Beach man who was driving the BMW and are investigating the cause of the crash. Witnesses have been asked to call the Huntington Beach Police Department at 714-536-5670.
“Interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence immediately after a fatal accident are crucial to any investigation,” explains Orange County-based bicycle collision lawyer James Ballidis.
Huntington Beach accounted for 1 of the 12 fatalities and 144 of the 1,201 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic accidents in Orange County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the crash statistics of cities with similar populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Huntington Beach ranked 2nd out of 53 cities for fatal and injury bicycle accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ernest Klein.
The Orange County Register originally reported this fatal collision.
Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of pursuing an injury or wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a bicycle collision lawyer in Orange County, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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