After an Oakland man died in a San Francisco area
bicycle accident, his family has now sued a bicycling website for negligence. The family
of William "Kim" Flint has sued the bicycling website, Strava,
for its role in encouraging Flint to speed down in Berkeley's Tilden
Park. Flint was racing down the hill in an effort to win a time record.
He died from injuries suffered after he braked suddenly to avoid hitting
a car and flipped over.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, consulting
with an experienced San Francisco bike accident attorney is critical to
discuss your rights and determine your next steps. Often, it may be possible
to recover damages for your injuries. In the event of a
wrongful death, surviving family members may be able to recover medical expenses, lost
wages and emotional distress damages.
In this instance, Flint's surviving family members have filed the wrongful
death lawsuit seeking compensation from the Strava website. According
to the lawsuit, the bicycling website promotes riding too fast. The Strava
company hosts virtual races involving the use of a GPS system that pits
bicyclists against one another in an effort to clock the fastest time
riding a particular course.
Flint died in an effort to reclaim his title for the fastest time biking
down the Berkeley hill. According to the lawsuit, Strava failed to inspect
the courses or otherwise ensure that they are safe. A representative states,
"They assume no responsibility. They don't put cones out. They
don't have anybody monitor and see whether a course, or a specific
segment, is dangerous."
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident or suffered
any other serious personal injury, please contact the experienced San
Francisco personal injury attorneys at the Bostwick & Peterson, LLP
for an immediate consultation.