A Riverside car accident involving a SuperShuttle van on Highway 111 caused serious head injuries to a bicyclist, The Desert Sun reports. The injury collision happened the morning of February 11, 2010 near Gateway Road, when the SuperShuttle van was headed north in the right lane of the highway. The driver told police he had noticed the bicyclist riding in the shoulder before he made a sudden left turn movement in front of the van. That caused the van driver to brake and swerve. The van still struck the bicyclist and another car. The bicyclist sustained serious injuries. The occupants of the other car and the van driver were not injured.
I sincerely hope the bicyclist did not suffer any catastrophic injuries and recovers quickly and completely.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 13 injuries involving bicycle accidents in Palm Springs. In Riverside County as a whole, bicycle accidents caused nine fatalities and 362 injuries in 2008.
Causes and Liability Issues
In any serious injury car accident, it is important to establish exactly what occurred and how it occurred. Usually, investigators rely on physical evidence at the scene and eyewitness accounts in order to determine the cause of a collision. In this case, I would be curious to find out what the eyewitness reports indicated.
Who is to be held liable in such an accident? If the SuperShuttle driver is determined to have been at-fault, then he and his employer could be held liable since he was working at the time. In such cases, victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will talk to eyewitnesses, examine the evidence, analyze all aspects of the incident and determine whether there was any negligence or wrongdoing involved. If the accident was caused by a dangerous or defective roadway, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a governmental agency in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.