A teenager suffered serious head injuries after he was struck by at least one vehicle in Huntington Beach.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the incident occurred the afternoon of October 17, 2014 at the intersection of Heil Avenue and Edwards Street.
Police say, based on preliminary investigation, that a white 2010 Mercedes was traveling east on
Heil Avenue when it struck the young bicyclist who was going north on Edwards.
After being struck by the white Mercedes, the bicyclist collided with another white 2006 Mercedes CLK 350. The teen was admitted to an area trauma center with critical head injuries. It is not clear if the teenager was wearing a helmet.
Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them at 714-536-5670. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the boy who is apparently fighting for his life. Our legal practice has represented young bicycle accident victims who have been seriously or catastrophically injured.
We understand the emotional and financial toll such incidents can take on families. We wish this young man the very best for a speedy and full recovery.
Bike Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 144 injuries as a result of bicycle accidents in Huntington Beach.
In Orange County as a whole, 13 people died and 1,441 were injured as a result of bike accidents during the same year.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the boy was riding his bike through the intersection when he was struck by the Mercedes. We trust officials are looking into who was at fault here.
Did the driver of the vehicle fail to yield the right-of-way to the bicyclist? Was she distracted or otherwise inattentive at the time? Was there a dangerous condition at that intersection, which caused or contributed to this incident?
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused the incident, then, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.
Our law firm helped our teen client, Christopher Chan, settle with the city of Hanford for $5 million after he suffered a debilitating brain injury in a bike accident caused by a hazardous roadway. Chan was 14 at the time of the crash.
In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as past and future medical expenses, cost of rehabilitation, compensation for permanent injury and disability, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
An experienced Huntington Beach personal injury attorney in such cases can help injured victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.