A bicyclist was found dead after being struck by a vehicle in Porterville on Friday, October 16th. California Highway Patrol, who was first at the scene, found that the crash took place between Olive Avenue and North Newcomb Street. The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. The bicyclist was identified as a 15-year-old male, whose name was not disclosed by the authorities. He was traveling south on a crosswalk when he was struck by a 2020 Cam-Am Maverick XRC, driven by a man of unknown age, identified as H. Torres. The bicyclist sustained heavy injuries and was immediately transported to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his wounds and died shortly after. The driver tried to flee the scene but authorities managed to arrest him.
Can Minors File Personal Injury Claims Against At-Fault Drivers?
Unfortunately, no. When a person who is under the age of the majority is involved in a traffic incident and suffers injuries from them, they cannot directly take legal action against the driver responsible. However, their parents or guardians can. The process might be slightly different from normal personal injury claims. If you’d like to know more about how to go about this process, call us at (310) 888-0024 to get a free consultation on your case with one of our lawyers.
Source: The Sun Gazette