A bicycle accident the night of August 15, 2010 in Lodi, California, left 13-year-old Dillon Buck with serious injuries, The Lodi News-Sentinel reports. Police officials say the crash happened when the boy, who was in the bike lane, was struck by a minivan driven by Kurt Boardman, 51. The driver told officials that the Dillon was riding east in the westbound bike lane. Dillon suffered severe abdominal injuries and was taken to a local medical center. An investigation is ongoing.
I hope Dillon Buck did not sustain catastrophic injuries in this crash. I wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery. Please keep this young man in your thoughts and prayers.
There were three fatalities and 222 injuries involving car accidents in Lodi, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In San Joaquin County as a whole, 81 people died and 3,577 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2008.
This news report does not clearly state where Dillon Buck was riding his bike at the time of the collision. Was he in the bike lane? Was he riding on the shoulder? Was he attempting to cross the street? Was the driver of the minivan negligent in any way? Was he under the influence, distracted or driving recklessly? These are all important questions to ask in this case.
Injured victims in such cases or their families would be well-advised to contact a reputed California bicycle accident lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable.
A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous or defective roadway caused or contributed to this accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. According to California Government Code section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency must be filed with 180 days of the accident.
What precautions do you take when you ride a bicycle? What do you do to make yourself more visible to motorists?
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