A 70-year-old man was severely injured in a Baldwin Park accident when a bus struck his bicycle. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the collision occurred at the intersection of Ramona Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Drive in Baldwin Park, the evening of August 27, 2012. Officials say the bicyclist was in a crosswalk when the southbound bus turned east and struck him. The victim was transported to a nearby medical center in stable condition. It is not clear if the bus driver will be cited for the crash.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this Los Angeles bicycle accident. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities but nine injuries reported due to bicycle accidents in in Baldwin Park. During that same year, 25 fatalities and 4,201 injuries occurred as a result of Los Angeles County bike crashes.
Based on this news report, the bus was traveling south when it made a left turn and hit the bicyclist. The article states that the bicyclist was in the crosswalk when the bus driver made the turn. It is unclear as to why the bus driver did not see the bicyclist crossing at the intersection. I trust officials are looking into who had the right-of-way at the time as well as whether distracted driving or inattention played a part in this collision.
In this particular case, if the bus driver is determined to have been at fault, then, the driver and his or her employer could be held liable for the bicyclist’s injuries. Victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles will be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway or intersection caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, 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 or wrongful death claim must be filed within 180 days of the incident.