A man sustained injuries in a Riverside car accident after his bicycle was hit by a vehicle near Murrieta. City News Service reports that the man was riding his bicycle the afternoon of December 9, 2009 near Clinton Keith road and Avenida La Cresta when he was struck by the sedan. The driver did not stop at the scene of the injury accident. According to California Highway Patrol officials, the suspect vehicle was a dark blue Honda Civic. The suspected hit-and-run vehicle was last seen going westbound on Clinton Keith. It is not clear what type of injuries the bicyclist suffered.
I hope and pray that this bicyclist was not seriously injured as a result of this hit-and-run car accident. I wish him the very best for a speedy and full recovery and hope authorities will apprehend the driver soon.
Riverside Bicycle Accident Statistics
In Murrieta, 24 people were injured as a result of bicycle accidents in 2007, CHP’s traffic accident statistics report. Countywide, bicycle accidents caused eight fatalities and 325 injuries in 2007. Also, in Riverside County, 279 deaths and 9,925 injuries were caused by car accidents during the same year.
Hit-and-run or leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime in California. In fact, the state has seen an increase in hit-and-run accidents over the Such accidents accounted for 7.8 percent of California fatal car crashes in 2001. This is more than double the national average of 3.8 percent, and a percentage point higher than the hit-and-run car accident rate in Arizona. California Vehicle Code section 20001 states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
Contacting an Experienced Injury Lawyer
An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to hold such negligent drivers accountable for their wrongdoing. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise injured victims about compensation through the uninsured/underinsured motorist provision of their own car insurance policy and how their insurance policy will apply to a California hit-and-run case.
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