A bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in a San Diego car accident after a vehicle struck him at a street intersection. According to a U-T San Diego news article, the injury collision occurred the night of April 25, 2012 at the intersection of Meade Avenue and Texas Street in the University Heights area. Police say the bicyclist was riding westbound on Meade Avenue when a vehicle that was northbound on Texas Street hit him.
Both the bicyclist and driver told police that they had the green light at the intersection. The 23-year-old bicyclist was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The woman who struck the bicyclist did not stop at the scene, but later called police from home saying that she did not realize she had hit someone. Police are investigating the incident. It is not clear if the motorist will be charged with hit-and-run.
My thoughts and prayers are with the bicyclist who was injured in this crash. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
San Diego Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six fatalities and 525 injuries involving bicycle accidents in the city of San Diego. Countywide, nine people died and 972 were injured as a result of bicycle accidents, during the same year.
Based on this news report, there seems to be conflicting accounts as to who had the right of way at the intersection. It is also not clear if the driver will face any charges for leaving the scene of the crash. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21200, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. This means that if the bicyclist had the right of way in this case, the driver should have yielded.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”
Fault and Liability
Also, under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), drivers are required to stop immediately after an accident and remain at the scene, regardless of whose fault the collision was. I trust officials are investigating the driver’s claim that she did not realize she had hit someone.
If this collision is determined to have been the driver’s fault, then, she can be held liable for the bicyclist’s severe injuries. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Bicycle accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.