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Website Sued For Negligence For Role In Cyclist's Death

The family of an Oakland man killed in a bicycling accident while speeding down a hill in Berkeley's Tilden Park has filed a negligence lawsuit against a well-known bicycling website, Strava. According to reports, William "Kim" Flint died after trying to keep his time record for racing down the hill. Flint was biking down the hill at about 40 miles per hour. He was fatally injured after he suddenly braked to avoid a car and flipped over.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, its important to seek the advice of an experienced Sacramento bicycle attorney right away. If you have suffered serious personal injuries, it may be possible to recover damages for your harm. Typical bicycle injuries may include:

• head and neck injuries

• spinal cord injuries

• brain injuries

• broken bones

• road rash

In the event of a fatal accident, a surviving family member may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Negligence and wrongful death suits are based on the legal concept that the careless or reckless conduct of anther person or entity lead to another person's harm, or in this instance, death.

Here, the family has filed a negligence claim against the Strava website based on its actions in encouraging bicyclists to bike too fast. The Strava company hosts virtual races and rewards winners who use a GPS system that track their own time and that of competitors. Flint died after he learned someone on the site had beat his time, and he went out to try to reclaim the title. However, Strava failed to inspect the courses or otherwise ensure that they are safe. A representative noted, "They assume no responsibility. They don't put cones out. They don't have anybody monitor and see whether a course, or a specific segment, is dangerous."

If Strava knows or should have known that the course was dangerous but failed to remove it from the site, they may be held liable.

Even if Flint is held partly responsible for his death, his family still may be able to recover damages for his injuries. California is a comparative law state, which means that an injured party (or in this instance the surviving family members) can recover damages for harm caused - even if they are partly to blame. The amount recovered would be reduced by percentage of the injured party's fault.

This bicycle accident is not the only high profile bicycle accident case linked to Strava. Strava has also been implicated in the recent Castro pedestrian death. According to sources, the cyclist who hit the pedestrian was tracking his time on Strava.

For more information about negligence or wrongful death lawsuits, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a Sacramento bicycle accident, contact the top Sacramento bike accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.

Half Moon Bay Drunk Driving Accident Leads To Serious Personal Injuries

Half Moon Bay news reports that an apparent drunk driving crash has lead to significant injuries. Sources indicate that the car was speeding near the Half Moon Bay Airport when it spun out of control early Saturday morning and collided with a boat and van. The accident then lead to a "two-alarm" structure fire in a warehouse.

A Pacifica resident, Matthew J. Burnham was driving the car and crashed into the warehouse shortly before 2 a.m. suffering serious personal injuries. Burnham's two passengers were also injured. All three were taken to nearby Stanford Hospital.

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident and any other motor vehicle accident, it is important to consult with an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer right away. A top California car accident lawyer can answer your personal injury questions and help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Here, Burnham was arrested on a suspicion of driving under the influence and alcohol is considered to be a major factor contributing to the accident.

Alcohol remains one of the top contributing factors to California motor vehicle accidents. In fact, nationwide the leading cause of auto accidents is driver intoxication. 40% of all traffic deaths are linked to alcohol use.

Other factors leading to auto accidents include distracted driving - such as texting while driving, eating while driving or even playing loud music or adjusting the radio. Accidents may also be caused by other forms of reckless driving, i.e. speeding, failing to follow the rules of the road and not looking out for others on the road. Additional factors leading to car crashes include negligent roadway design (where a municipality or other entity creates a "dangerous design" by making curves too tight, inclines too steep, or failing to adequately place lights or warning signs) and improper roadway maintenance.

In fact, numerous factors may cause or contribute to an accident. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as the result of a car crash, a top Sacramento car accident lawyer can begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have lead to your injuries. When one of more parties is negligent, you may be able to recover damages from each party. Even if you may be partly at fault, you still may be able to recover damages where another party is to blame.

Victims of any car accident face medical bills, loss of wages, physical pain, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. If injuries are severe or permanent, families suffer economic loss, mental anguish and the loss of companionship in caring for an injured family member. In the event of death, families are torn apart without any warning.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a California car accident, contact the top Sacramento car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.