A bicyclist was critically injured in a Huntington Beach car accident the evening of October 13, 2015.
According to a news report in the Huntington Beach Independent, the cyclist was riding east in the bike lane on Warner Avenue just east of Springdale Street when a Toyota Prius veered into the bike lane and struck the bicyclist from behind.
The cyclist suffered a head injury and was transported to an area hospital.
The driver remained at the scene and officials say it doesn’t appear that alcohol or drugs were involved.
The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured bicyclist and we wish the injured the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
There were no fatalities, but 172 injuries reported as a result of bicycle accidents in Huntington Beach, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
In Orange County as a whole, nine people died and 1,309 were injured due to bicycle accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Toyota Prius violated the law by veering into the bike lane and rear-ending 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.
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Huntington Beach personal injury attorney who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to look into whether a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to this bike accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.