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Young Bicyclist Injured in Sierra Madre Collision

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A girl was injured in a Los Angeles County car accident after an SUV struck her bicycle. According to a report in The Pasadena Star-News, the injury collision occurred the morning of September 5, 2012 at the intersection of Laurel and Canon avenues in Sierra Madre. Police say the female driver of a small SUV was making a right turn from Laurel Avenue to Canon Avenue. She saw the bicyclist, but instead of hitting the brakes, she stepped on the gas, officials said. The girl was pinned under the bicycle and suffered several abrasions. The nature and extent of her injuries is not know. The driver of the SUV has not been cited pending the official investigation.

My thoughts and prayers are with the young girl who has been injured in this bicycle accident. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. I truly hope her injuries are not serious.

Crash Statistics in LA County

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 25 fatalities and 4,201 injuries reported as a result of bicycle collisions in Los Angeles County. Also, 530 people died and 50,513 were injured in car crashes countywide, during the same year.

What Caused This Collision?

Based on this news article, it appears that the girl was riding her bike at the intersection when the driver of the SUV struck her. Officials say the driver saw the girl, but hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. There are several questions here. Why did the woman accelerate? Was she inattentive at the time? Did she panic? Was she distracted by a cell phone? I trust officials are looking into whether the driver was negligent at the time of the crash.

Fault and Liability

If the driver is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused here. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and other related expenses. Pedestrian accident victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles County personal injury attorney, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.

If a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident, the city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

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