A 46-year-old man was injured in a San Diego car accident when a 22-year-old woman opened her car door in front of his bicycle. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the bicycle accident occurred on University Avenue near Arizona Street in North Park the afternoon of April 25, 2011. The bicyclist fell off his bike in the collision and hit his head on the ground, sustaining a life-threatening skull fracture. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured bicyclist. I’m sorry to hear that he has suffered life-threatening injuries. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
San Diego Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 512 were injured in San Diego bicycle accidents. During that same year, seven fatalities and 959 injuries occurred due to San Diego County bicycle accidents.
California Law Relating to Opening Vehicle Doors
It appears that the woman in the car opened her car door without checking for traffic. California Vehicle Code Section 22517 states: “No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open upon the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.”
In this particular case, it is not clear if the woman was distracted, inattentive or otherwise negligent at the time. If she is determined to have been at fault, then, she could be held financially responsible for the victim’s serious injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer who will examine all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
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