A man in his 50s was injured in a Pasadena car accident after a vehicle struck his bicycle. According to The Pasadena Star-News, the injury collision occurred the morning of May 13, 2012 on Sierra Madre Boulevard near Sierra Madre Villa Avenue. The bicyclist was apparently struck from behind by the car and its side mirror. He suffered multiple abrasions and extremity pain and was transported to the hospital. His present condition is not known.
Officials say the area is notorious for motorcycle versus car accidents, and is also heavily populated by bicycles. The victim was wearing a helmet, which officials say prevented him from suffering major or life-threatening injuries.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured bicyclist. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 75 injuries reported involving bicycle accidents in Pasadena. In Los Angeles County as a whole, bicycle accidents claimed 22 lives and injured 3,725 people, during the same year.
What Caused This Collision?
Based on the news account, it appears that the bicyclist was riding along the side of the road when he had hit from behind by the vehicle. Since there is a bike lane on Sierra Madre Boulevard, it is not clear if the vehicle swerved or drifted into the bike lane and clipped the bicyclist.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21209 (a), motorists are not allowed to drive a motor vehicle in a bicycle lane established on a roadway. The only exceptions are when a driver parks where parking is permitted, enters or leaves the roadway or prepares for a turn within 200 feet of the intersection.
Fault and Liability
I trust officials are looking into whether the driver was distracted, inattentive, impaired or otherwise negligent when this injury collision occurred. In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries and damages sustained. A knowledgeable Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway can also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a California governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the incident.