Crystal Phillips Bakersfield: Crystal Phillips Died In Bakersfield DUI Bicycle Accident On Baker Street
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (July 29, 2019) – A 44-year-old woman riding a bicycle identified as Crystal Phillips has tragically died in a car accident with an alleged drunk driver along Baker Street.
Bakersfield police are saying that the accident took place around 9:30 p.m. Police are saying that the 55-year-old driver that hit her remained at the scene.
He was determined to be under the influence with a BAC of 0.13. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene and transported Crystal Phillips to Kern Medical with major injuries.
Unfortunately, Crystal Phillips later died at the hospital; two days later. An investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In DUI Car Accidents
It is a felony to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. According to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Any driver that chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel will likely face civil as well as criminal liability.
But accidents are not always the fault of driver error alone. A city may be liable for a bicycle accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition”
The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through California Code 835. Damages in a civil claim can help with all of the costs associated with an accident including medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. A bicycle accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.
Investigating A Bicycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Crystal Phillips as they are grieving such an incredible loss. Any person that may have information should reach out to the police. It is deeply unfortunate that so many drivers continue to act with a wanton disregard for the safety of others and drive drunk. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a bicycle accident there are a number of laws designed to help you. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have about the law. We are committed to making sure that negligent drivers are held accountable for their actions. Whether you need a free investigation into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.