When the weather is nice, many cyclists like to take to the road, but a nice ride can turn traumatizing if a negligent vehicle collides with you. Los Angeles is one of the worst cities in the country for cyclist safety, and around 11,116 suffer serious injuries as a result each year. For an average of around 700 people in California each year, they aren’t so lucky.
Last month, an 80-year-old man became another casualty of bike accidents in California. This month, he was identified as Ernest Adams. The elderly man was on a bike ride near Newport Harbor High School around 3:00 in the afternoon on March 28 when he collided with a vehicle driven by Alexis Garcialopez, aged 20.
Someone nearby called 911, and Adams was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. Despite the efforts of the doctors, Adams reportedly succumbed to his injuries at 1:42 a.m. on March 29.
No one going on a bike ride at 3:00 in the afternoon should have to worry about getting killed by a drunk driver, but sadly that’s exactly what happened to Adams. His killer, Garcialopez, is underage and had a BAC of over the legal limit. While little information has been released regarding her arrest, the Orange County Police state that she has been arrested for causing bodily injury while driving under the influence.
Gardialopez will likely face prison time for killing Adams, and it’s unknown whether or not the Adams family will be pursuing additional charges. If they wish, they can contact an accident injury attorney in Newport Beach about filing a wrongful death lawsuit against her for her negligence. Not only did Garcialopez show disregard for the safety of others by driving drunk, but she was also underage at the time.
Sadly many people are who hit by cars while riding their bikes later end up losing their lives. If they do survive, they suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding, head trauma, and even paralysis. If you or a loved one was injured in a bike accident with a car, the driver should be held financially responsible for your injuries.
Contact our attorneys to set up a consultation today. We will ensure that you are treated fairly in the legal battle that is to follow.
Dobrik swung him around from a rope tied to the excavator at an estimated speed of up to 70 miles per hour, but the excavator slammed to a stop, causing Wittek to collide with the sharp metal machinery and fall into the water below. Wittek almost died and sustained serious injuries that will likely affect him for the rest of his life. He refers to his injuries as “breaking his face” because the impact of hitting the excavator gave him a cracked skull, brain damage, and permanent vision loss in one eye.
The video addressing this situation was posted by Wittek to his Youtube channel on April 21 even though it was already public information that he had been in an accident of some kind. The accident took place in the summer of 2020 but was kept quiet until now. In the video footage of the accident, viewers can see that Dobrik was operating the excavator with one hand while filming with the other.
While Dobrik did not intentionally hurt Wittek, he was operating the vehicle that hurt him. Dobrik insists that he did not slam on the brakes and that the excavator stopped on its own, which is a safety feature of construction equipment when it senses that it’s going too fast.
Regardless, Dobrik was being negligent by using one hand and being distracted by filming with the other. He also allegedly did not have a license to operate the machine, and if he did, he would have known about the safety feature. Construction site injury attorneys in Newport Beach can tell you that construction equipment is very dangerous and should never be played with as a toy.
Additionally, the footage shows that Dobrik was informed of the danger he was putting the Vlog Squad in when Corinna Kopf, another Vlog Squad member, got scared while hanging from the machine. After she was put down, she can be heard saying “You take things too far, David.”
Wittek has stated that he won’t sue Dobrik at this time, but he had a clear case for negligence if he wants to contact a bodily injury lawyer in Newport Beach. The attorneys of Accident Lawyers Firm have compiled a list of damages that Wittek can claim.
Dobrik could be charged for the medical bills for Wittek’s bodily injuries and any emotional trauma he may have. Wittek also worked as a hairdresser, a job he can no longer perform because of his vision loss; therefore, a personal injury attorney can quantify his loss of future wages.
The statute of limitations has not yet expired for Wittek to file a personal injury claim against Dobrik, and if he does, he will likely receive a payout of several million dollars.