A 25-year-old man was seriously injured in a San Diego car accident when a car door hit his bicycle. According to a 10News report, the bicycle accident occurred on University Avenue in North Park, the night of September 28, 2011. The bicyclist was travelling westbound at the time a 35-year-old man opened the door of a parked Dodge. The bicyclist was knocked to the ground and sustained severe head injuries. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
My thoughts and prayers are with the man injured in this incident. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
San Diego Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), nine people were killed and 291 were injured in San Diego bicycle accidents. During that same year, there were 39 fatalities and 989 injuries reported due to San Diego County bicycle accidents.
What Caused This Collision?
Car drivers in California are required by law to open their car doors only when it is safe to do so. California Vehicle Code Section 22517 states: “No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open upon the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.” Motorists are expected to exercise due care and caution in these situations.
San Diego accident victims may seek financial compensation from the at-fault party to cover damages including medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, and rehabilitation. Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced