A boy was injured in a Los Angeles car accident after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune the injury car accident occurred the morning of October 7, 2010 at the intersection of North Glendora Avenue and East Bennett Avenue. The driver was traveling on Glendora and the boy was riding his bicycle on Bennett when they collided. Police say the victim sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, but was airlifted to a trauma center as a precaution. An investigation is ongoing.
It is indeed fortunate that the boy did not suffer any life-threatening injuries in this car accident. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. This child and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities but 23 injuries as a result of bicycle accidents in Glendora. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 33 people were killed and 3,315 were injured due to bicycle accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it is not quite clear who was at fault for this vehicle versus bicycle accident. The news report does state that this car accident occurred at a street intersection. It appears that either the car or the bicycle failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection. We also do not know at this point whether the bicyclist was using a crosswalk or crossing outside it. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”
Fault and Liability
If it is determined that the driver of the vehicle failed to yield right-of-way to the bicycle, then the driver could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused in this case. Injured victims or their families can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for medical expenses, pain and suffering, hospitalization costs and other related damages.
A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether a dangerous condition at the intersection caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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