Human beings, by nature, are not nocturnal creatures. However, due to the constraints of work and family commitments, some people are forced to sleep during the day and be active during the small hours of the night. To some people, the nocturnal lifestyle is actually preferred.
“Night owls” prefer to sleep during the day when the rest of the world bustles with activity. Since very few people are awake at 2:00 am, there is far less activity, especially when it comes to travel. The streets are dimly lit, but few cars drive on them. The sidewalks are bare. Stores, businesses, and restaurants are all closed, save for a few exceptions. For the most part, only a handful of people and emergency personnel, such as police, are on alert.
Despite the small amount of people that are awake, accidents frequently happen overnight, which is why police officers, firefighters and EMTs have overnight shifts. The public still must be protected. Personal injury accidents can occur at any time, and may even involve the death of an innocent victim.
On Sunday, April 19, 2015, a woman in Long Beach, California was riding her bicycle on Pioneer Boulevard. She was attempting to cross Del Amo Boulevard at around 2:00 am when she was suddenly struck by a car. According to NBC Los Angeles, the driver of the vehicle was severely intoxicated.
When police arrived at the scene, the woman was already dead. The driver, who had lost control after the bike collision, had come to a stop after hitting a telephone pole. He was seriously injured and was rushed to the nearby Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Once he recovered, he was arrested and booked on charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed while riding a bike, please call our Boston personal injury law firm at 617-787-3700. Our accident injury attorneys are available to speak with you 24/7.