A 32-year-old man suffered a head injury in a Fullerton bicycle accident.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred the morning of October 22, 2015 when a red Mitsubishi Lancer struck a bicyclist who was crossing Chapman Avenue going northbound on Victoria Drive.
Police said there is a crosswalk in the area, but are looking into whether the bicyclist was in the crosswalk at the time.
The driver of the vehicle, a 24-year-old woman, stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. Officials do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.
The bicyclist was transported to an area trauma center with head injuries. He is expected to survive. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured bicyclist. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one fatality and 65 injuries were reported as a result of Fullerton bicycle accidents. In Orange County as a whole, nine people died and 1,309 were injured due to bicycle accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the vehicle hit the bicyclist at a crosswalk. However officials are still looking into who had the right-of-way. There are also a number of other questions here.
Was the driver distracted or otherwise inattentive? Was speed a factor in this crash? Was the driver negligent in any way? 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 of the Mitsubishi is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims 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 Fullerton personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.