An 11-year-old boy was injured in a Riverside car accident after he was struck by a vehicle the morning of July 30, 2010. According to a CBS News report, the bicycle collision occurred in the 700 block of Arbor Parkway in Hemet. The boy was struck, thrown onto the hood of the car and dragged under for about 25 feet. Officials say the child was removed from beneath the vehicle by some witnesses and a work crew. The victim sustained cuts and burns. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.
I am relieved to hear that the child’s injuries are non-life threatening. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family. I sincerely wish this injured victim the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) there were two fatalities and 47 injuries as a result of bicycle accidents in Hemet. During that same year, nine people died and 362 people were injured due to bicycle accidents in Riverside County.
Laws and Liability Issues
In this particular case, the article does not state exactly where the boy was at the time of the accident. It is also not clear, from the news account, if the accident took place at an intersection or crosswalk. If I were a family member of the victim here, I would definitely want to know if someone else’s negligence led to this injury collision. California law requires car drivers to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists who have already entered an intersection under California vehicle Code section 21800 (a) or who are utilizing a crosswalk (California Vehicle Code section 21950). I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver was under the influence, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time.
If an investigation determines that the driver was at fault for the accident, then, he or she could be held liable. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, pain and suffering and other related damages. Victims and their families would be well-advised to contact an experienced Riverside car accident lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions.
As a parent, do you require your child wear a helmet when riding a bicycle?
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