Two bicyclists were killed after lumber on a flatbed truck shifted and struck them as they rode along Silverado Trail in Napa County on October 17. 

Officers responded at around 11 AM to the collision between the two bicyclists and a three-axle 2018 Freightliner flatbed truck on Silverado Trail north of Oak Knoll Avenue. An investigation found that the two bicyclists and the truck were both heading northbound on the roadway when the load of lumber shifted on the flatbed, ultimately striking the bicyclists. 

police car flashing sirens at scene of accident

In a report by Kron 4, it was presumed that the man who died at the scene of the incident was about 50 years old. A second bicyclist, a woman believed to be in her 40s was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center and died from her injuries while there. 

The truck driver, a 55-year-old man from Vallejo stayed at the scene of the incident and cooperated with officers. The collision remains under investigation.

“No bicyclist should ever succumb to the fate that these two victims did, while commuting out on the roads,” said Gerald Singleton, leading personal injury attorney at Singleton Schreiber. “The lumber in the flatbed should have never shifted to the degree in which it did, ultimately causing injury to others. There might be negligence involved that needs to be investigated thoroughly.”

If you or someone you loved has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the Napa bicycle accident lawyers at Singleton Schreiber by calling 559-702-0846 or by email

Tragic Napa Bicycle Accidents 

Napa Valley, known for its picturesque landscapes and world-renowned wineries, is also a popular destination for cycling enthusiasts. However, the allure of cycling in this idyllic setting has been marred by a series of tragic bicycle accidents in recent years. These incidents have left the local community and visitors in shock and prompted important discussions about bicycle safety and awareness.

Napa Valley offers cyclists a unique blend of stunning vineyards, rolling hills, and scenic routes. These attractions have made it a sought-after destination for riders of all levels. However, this beauty is intertwined with a shadow: the increasing number of bicycle accidents in the region, some of which have been fatal.

Causes of Tragic Napa Bicycle Accidents

  • Distracted Driving: One of the leading causes of bicycle accidents in Napa and throughout the country is distracted driving. Motorists who engage in activities like texting, talking on the phone, or even eating while driving may fail to notice cyclists, leading to dangerous collisions.
  • Lack of Cycling Infrastructure: Napa, like many other places, faces challenges when it comes to providing dedicated cycling infrastructure, such as bike lanes and safe crossings. Cyclists often share the road with motor vehicles, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Reckless Riding: In some cases, cyclists themselves may contribute to accidents by disregarding traffic laws, riding unpredictably, or not wearing the necessary safety gear.
  • Alcohol Impairment: Alcohol-related incidents, where either the cyclist or a motorist involved is impaired, have also led to tragic bicycle accidents in the region.

Preventative Measures and Awareness

  • Improved Infrastructure: Napa and surrounding areas can benefit from further investment in cycling infrastructure. The addition of dedicated bike lanes, signage, and safe crossings can help separate cyclists from motor vehicle traffic and reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Driver Education: Motorists should receive education and training on sharing the road with cyclists. Raising awareness about the importance of giving cyclists space and being attentive can prevent accidents.
  • Cyclist Education: Cyclists must also be informed about road safety rules and regulations. Wearing appropriate safety gear and following traffic laws can significantly reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Strict Enforcement: Law enforcement agencies must actively enforce traffic laws to deter distracted or impaired driving and reckless cycling.

The tragic Napa bicycle accidents serve as a somber reminder that safety and awareness are paramount when it comes to sharing the road. Napa’s natural beauty should be enjoyed without the fear of accidents. By addressing the causes and taking proactive measures, both the local community and visitors can continue to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and cycling opportunities that Napa Valley has to offer. Together, we can ensure that these accidents are a thing of the past and promote a safer environment for cyclists and motorists alike.

“My hope is that anyone involved in this tragic incident seeks out the expertise of a wrongful death or personal injury attorney as it can be a complicated matter to dissect,” added Mr. Singleton. “There are many factors in this incident that may make determining fault and liability difficult. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.”

If you or someone you loved has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the Napa bicycle accident lawyers at Singleton Schreiber by calling 559-702-0846 or by email