A bicyclist suffered injuries in a Newport Beach car accident after being struck by a vehicle in the beachside community of Corona del Mar. According to a news report in Corona del Mar Today, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Harbor View Drive and Sea Lane. Witnesses told police that a Toyota Prius struck the cyclist who was traveling south on Sea Lane. The Prius was eastbound on Harbor View. The bicyclist was transported to a local trauma center for treatment after complaining of back pain. The bicyclist’s injuries were not life threatening.
Bike Crashes in Newport Beach
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 93 were injured due to bicycle accidents in Newport Beach. There were two bicycle accident fatalities in Newport Beach last year after which the city formed a Bicycle Safety Committee to launch awareness programs citywide for both bicyclists and motorists. The city has also painted shared bicycle lane markings or “sharrows” on two streets in Corona del Mar, where this accident occurred.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the intersection where this accident occurred is monitored by a two-way stop sign. Traffic on Sea Lane is required to stop at the stop sign while traffic on Harbor View is not required to do so. However, it is not clear if the bicyclist stopped at the stop sign or if the car’s driver was not paying attention to the bicycle. I trust officials are still looking into who had the right-of-way in this case.
Under California law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. In this case, if the motorist is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured bicycle victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, physical therapy and pain and suffering.
A knowledgeable Newport Beach personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition at this intersection caused or contributed to the collision. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Any personal injury claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident, under California Government Code Section 911.2.