A 39-year-old man was critically injured in a Fullerton bicycle accident after he was struck by a car the evening of December 1, 2017. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury crash occurred near the intersection of Orangethorpe and Courtney avenues. The man suffered head and facial injuries. The driver of the Hyundai sedan, a 52-year-old Fullerton woman, was not injured and remained at the scene. The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a part in this crash. No citations or arrests were reported. The incident is under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the bicyclist who has apparently suffered major injuries in this car accident. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 52 injuries reported as a result of bicycle accidents in the city of Fullerton. In Orange County as a whole, 17 people died and 1,160 were injured due to bicycle accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that this incident occurred close to an intersection. But, there are still a number of unanswered questions here. Who had the right of way? Was there a bike lane on this street? If so, did the driver intrude into the bike lane? Did distracted or inattentive driving play a part? Did a dangerous or defectively designed roadway cause or contribute to this major injury collision? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault or even partly at fault, she can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitative therapy, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If a dangerous or defectively designed roadway caused the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. An experienced Fullerton car accident lawyer can help injured victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.