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UPDATE: Joseph Converse Died In Santa Rosa Bicycle Accident On Petaluma Hill Road


Jul 28, 2019

 Joseph Converse Santa Rosa: Joseph Converse Died In Santa Rosa Bicycle Accident On Petaluma Hill Road

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA (July 28, 2019) – A 39-year-old cyclist identified as Joseph Converse was tragically killed in a car accident after being hit by two cars on Petaluma Hill Road.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 12:15 a.m. Police are saying that Joseph Converse was hit by a woman driving a 2009 Ford Focus. 

Joseph Converse was ejected from his bicycle and then run over by a 28-year-old woman driving a 2017 Subaru Legacy. Both drivers remained at the scene of the accident. 

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene to help the victim. Despite life-saving efforts he later died due to his injuries. 

An investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Bicycle Accidents

All drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and take steps to avoid hitting cyclists, even if they are not in a bicycle lane. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.” Accidents tend to occur when drivers are:

  • Distracted
  • Intoxicated
  • Speeding
  • Fatigued

But driver error may not be the only source of negligence for an accident. A city may be liable for a bicycle accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on the road. For example, a road may have very narrow shoulders or lack adequate bicycle lanes. The family of any person that died in a bicycle accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages can help cover funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. 

Investigating A Bicycle Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joseph Converse. Any person that may have seen the accident should come forward and talk to police. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a bicycle accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can investigate your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free police report about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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