Two bicyclists were injured in separate traffic collisions, the night of September 25, 2012. According to a report in The Pasadena Star-News, the first collision was reported between a bicycle and a Toyota Scion at 5334 Angeles Crest Highway. The bicyclist, a 30-year-old Oregon man, suffered major injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Less than an hour after this incident occurred another bicyclist was injured in a separate crash involving a Nissan Maxima at 2236 Foothill Boulevard. The 31-year-old bicyclist in that case suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized as well. Neither driver was arrested or cited.
My thoughts and prayers are with injured victims of these collisions. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Bicycle Crash Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one injury was reported due to bicycle collisions in La Canada Flintridge. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 25 people died and 4,201 were injured due to bicycle accidents, during the same year.
Possible Causes of the Crash
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what exactly led to these two car versus bicycle collisions. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21200, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. In such situations, there are a number of questions that must be asked. Who was at fault for the incident? Did the motorist in either case fail to yield the right-of-way to the bicyclist? Did speed, alcohol or distracted driving cause or contribute to the incidents? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
In such cases, the at-fault party can be held liable for the injuries and damages. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. If a dangerous roadway condition caused the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a California public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident. An experienced personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles will be able to better advise bicycle accident victims about their legal rights and options.