A woman in her 20s was injured in a San Diego car accident after a Ford SUV hit her bicycle. According to a news report in U-T San Diego, the bicycle accident occurred on Girard Avenue at Pearl Street in La Jolla, the evening of January 31, 2012. Officials say the bicyclist was crossing the street on a flashing red light when the SUV struck her. She suffered an open leg fracture. It is not clear if the female driver who struck the victim will be cited for the collision.
My thoughts and prayers are with the woman who has been seriously injured in this San Diego bicycle accident. I wish her the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
San Diego Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), six people were killed and 525 were injured in San Diego bicycle accidents. Countywide, there were nine fatalities and 972 injuries reported due to bicycle accidents, during that same year.
What Caused This Intersection Accident?
Based on this news report, the bicyclist was crossing the street on a flashing red light when the SUV struck her. Under California law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. When there is a flashing red light, all drivers are required to treat it just as they would a stop sign. It is unclear as to who failed to yield the right of way here.
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.”
In this particular case, if the driver of the SUV is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for the victim’s injuries. Victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. If a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident, 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 governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the incident.