An unidentified bicyclist in his early 20s suffered serious injuries in a bicycle accident that occurred on October 10‚ 2010‚ around 12:45 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol‚ the bicyclist was struck by a minivan at the intersection of El Monte Avenue and Las Tunas Drive in Arcadia‚ approximately 115 miles from San Diego‚ in Los Angeles County.
Lt. Roy Nakamura said that the bicyclist suffered critical injuries and was transported to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatment. The police are investigating the exact cause of this San Gabriel Valley bike accident.
Based on this news report‚ it is not quite clear what caused this major injury bicycle accident. This particular intersection has traffic lights and clearly marked crosswalks. It is not clear‚ however‚ where the bicyclist was at the time of the car accident. Was he riding across the intersection? Was he walking his bike in a crosswalk? Did either the bicyclist or the motorist fail to yield right-of-way?
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.” We trust officials are also looking into whether the van’s driver was intoxicated‚ distracted‚ speeding‚ or otherwise negligent at the time of the bike accident.
If the driver of the van is determined to have been at fault‚ then he or she could be held financially responsible for the injuries caused to the bicyclist. Injured bicyclist in this case could seek compensation to cover medical expenses‚ loss of wages‚ cost of hospitalization‚ rehabilitation and other related damages. Bicycle accident victims should contact an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer‚ who will analyze all aspects of the incident and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable.
We hope and pray that the injured bicyclist did not sustain any life threatening injuries and that he recovers to his health completely.
Ross Jurewitz is a bicycle accident attorney in Los Angeles County and the managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers‚ a California injury law firm dedicated to representing families of people injured in car accidents. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in an auto accident in Los Angeles‚ please order your free copy of Mr. Jurewitz’s book‚ The Ten Biggest Mistakes that can Destroy Your California Accident Case. It is full of helpful information that will help you protect your legal rights and it is free to all California residents.
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