A bicyclist was injured in an Anaheim car accident after being struck at a busy intersection.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred the morning of July 31, 2014 at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and State College Boulevard.
The injuries to the bicyclist were described as
“moderate.” Police and firefighters responded to the scene. Other details about how the crash occurred were not immediately available. The investigation is ongoing.
It is indeed fortunate that the bicyclist in this case did not suffer major or life-threatening injuries. We hope they make a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 121 were injured due to bicycle accidents in Anaheim.
In Orange County as a whole, 18 fatalities and 796 injuries were reported as a result of bicycle accidents during the same year. Also, in 2011, 128 people died and 13,541 were injured in traffic collisions.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, details are scarce as to how or why this accident occurred. However, we know that it occurred at a large and busy intersection, which is controlled by traffic lights.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21200, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. 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.”
There are still several unanswered questions here. What caused this bicycle versus vehicle collision? Was the driver at fault? Did the driver fail to yield the right-of-way to the bicyclist? Was alcohol or drugs a factor in this collision? Did excessive speed, inattention or distracted driving play a part? Did the design of this intersection cause or contribute to this incident?
Fault and Liability
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.