Two people have been injured in an Orange County car accident after a Jeep Cherokee collided with a bicycle on Santiago Canyon Road at Irvine Lake the morning of November 17, 2009. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the Jeep hit the bicyclist from behind and then rolled over several times. The driver of the Jeep is in critical condition and the bicyclist has been hospitalized with moderate injuries, according to Orange County fire officials who responded to the accident scene. Witnesses say the bicycle rider is extremely fortunate that he did not sustain major injuries, especially because he was not wearing a helmet.
I sympathize with both these injured victims and hope both make a quick and complete recovery from their injuries. There is no question that the bicyclist was given an important lesson here — to wear a helmet. Please keep them in your prayers.
Bicycle Accidents in Orange County
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and 20 injuries involving dangerous bicycle accidents in unincorporated areas of Orange County. In Orange County as a whole, 16 deaths and 1,020 injuries were reported as a result of bicycle accidents in 2007. Also, countywide, car accidents claimed 178 lives and injured 14,185 during the same year.
Based on this news report, it seems to me that the driver of the Jeep may have been at fault for this serious injury accident. There are still many unanswered questions here. Where exactly was the bicyclist on the road at the time of the collision? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which caused this horrific accident? Was the rollover accident the result of defective vehicle design or other auto product defects associated with the Jeep Cherokee? Were the driver’s critical injuries the result of vehicle defects such as a weak roof? Did the vehicle do everything it was supposed to do in order to protect its occupant?
Car Accident Causes
In any car accident case, there are many factors that come into play when evaluating liability. If a driver made an error or was in some way negligent during a collision, he or she may be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. If a dangerous or defective roadway caused the crash, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. In such cases, that involve liability on the part of a California governmental entity, claims should be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. If a vehicle defect caused or contributed to the serious injuries, then the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective auto product could be held responsible. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims about their legal rights and options in such cases.
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