Posted By Simpson Law Group LLP Trial Attorneys Posted in:Bicycle Accident
The story put out in the news of a bicyclist that was hit in the Bay Terraces neighborhood seems so routine. When did these articles become routine?
Why does it seem like nobody thinks twice when a bicyclist is struck by a vehicle?
This accident happened at the end of November on Paradise Valley Road. The driver of a Nissan Pathfinder, a 52-year-old man, was traveling westbound when he struck the cyclist. The driver says he did not see where the bicyclist came from.
That is the part that has us wondering what was going on? Was the driver distracted or did the bicyclist really come out of nowhere?
At the Simpson Law Group, we know that bicyclists face many challenges when they go out riding. Do you know where to turn if you are injured while riding? If you need a San Diego bicycle accident attorney, call us today.
People ride their bikes for many reasons around San Diego. We have leisure and exercise riders as well as many who use their bicycles as their main mode of transportation. When our bicyclists ride, they usually take any steps necessary to stay safe. Unfortunately, cyclists cannot control what other drivers do.
Do you wear a helmet when you ride? Yes, helmets save lives, but they do not prevent all injuries. In fact, it is common to see the following as a result of a bicycle versus vehicle collision: spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, massive soft tissue damages, internal organ damage, broken and dislocated bones.
In the story above, we see that the driver says he did not see the bicyclist. Motorists do not pay enough attention to their surroundings. Often, they are distracted by their phones, devices, or something else in the vehicles. Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers, especially for bicyclists.
We know that impaired drivers are a threat to the safety of anyone in or around the roadway. In California, they were responsible for 27% of all traffic-related fatalities in the latest reporting year.
We also need to talk about roadway surfaces because bicyclists are more vulnerable to ill-repaired roads that people in regular passenger vehicles. The agencies tasked with fixing problems on riding surfaces should regularly inspect and maintain them to prevent major accidents.
Do not hesitate to seek legal assistance if you are involved in a bicycle accident that was caused by someone else. At the Simpson Law Group, we know that you need to focus on healing from your injuries, not worrying about whether or not the insurance companies will offer you enough to cover all of your expenses.
When you need a San Diego bicycle accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-236-9696 for a free consultation. Our team will work to recover money for your medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering damages.
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