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Four Bicyclists Injured in California AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride

By Brian Chase on June 9, 2014 - No comments

Four bicyclists participating in the annual AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride were struck by a pickup truck the morning of June 2, 2014 on Highway 1 north of Moss Landing. According to a KSBW news report, the accident happened near where Highway 1 intersects Struve Road. California Highway Patrol officers said the truck driver was attempting to pull out from a Valero gas station and turn left on to Highway 1 when he struck the bicyclists.

The 35-year-old man did not have a driver’s license and was cited by California Highway Patrol officials. CHP officials said the driver should have yielded to all traffic before turning into the highway, but that he probably was not aware of the rules of the road because he was unlicensed. The bicyclists were transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. One woman suffered severe facial injuries while three others sustained abrasions and bruises. The seven-day ride continued with more than 2,300 cyclists who were pedaling from Santa Cruz to Gonzales on the day of the incident. …Read the rest »

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Presenting the Invisible Bike Helmet

By Brian Chase on November 22, 2013 - No comments

An article on NPR talks about an invention where you can wear a bike helmet and still look perfectly coiffed. Say goodbye to uncomfortable chin straps and helmet hair. Hovding, the “invisible” helmet is the brainchild of Swedish designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin. Instead of wearing a shell, which is the traditional helmet, this invisible helmet is an airbag – one that is tucked away in a collar that cyclists can fasten around their neck. When the collar’s internal sensors detect a specific combination of jerks and jags, which means that an “accident is happening,” the airbag deploys sending out a head-hugging air cushion in a tenth of a second. …Read the rest »

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Bicyclist Dies in Newport Beach Car Accident

By Brian Chase on November 13, 2013 - No comments

Paul Lin, 41, of Irvine, was killed in a Newport bicycle  accident after his bicycle collided with vehicle. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal bike crash occurred the evening of November 6, 2013 at the intersection of San Joaquin Hills Road and Marguerite Avenue. Police say Lin was riding north on Marguerite Avenue and turned left on San Joaquin Hills Road when a westbound car hit him. Lin died at the scene. Police are looking into who was at fault or if Lin was wearing reflective fear. No arrests or citations were reported.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Paul Lin for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Bicyclist Killed in Newport Beach Car Accident

By Brian Chase on September 3, 2013 - No comments

Debra H. Deem, 58, of Laguna Beach, was killed in a Newport Beach bicycle accident after she was hit by a minivan. According to a news report in The Daily Pilot, the fatal bicycle crash occurred when Deem was riding a bicycle west on East Coast Highway. A minivan struck her just east of Newport Coast Drive the afternoon of August 27, 2013. Paramedics took Deem to an area trauma center. She died from her injuries the following day. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. So far, no citations or arrests have been reported.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Debra Deem for their tragic and devastating loss. According to Corona del Mar Today, Deem was an avid cyclist and her husband, Paul Deem, was an Olympic cyclist and is a cycling coach and owner of Cycle Werks that has stores in Costa Mesa and San Clemente.

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Bicyclist Involved in Fatal Collision with FedEx Truck in Fullerton

By Brian Chase on June 24, 2013 - No comments

Chelsea Kashergen, 22, was killed in a Fullerton crash after she was struck by a FedEx delivery truck while riding her bicycle. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal collision occurred the afternoon of June 20, 2013 at the intersection of Nutwood Avenue and Ladera Vista Road. Police say the truck was traveling north on Ladera Vista. The truck driver was preparing to make a left turn to go westbound on Nutwood when he struck the eastbound bicyclist. Officials said Kashergen was not wearing a helmet. No arrests or citations were reported. The investigation is ongoing.

Bike Crashes in Orange County

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 52 injuries reported in Fullerton as a result of bicycle accidents. During the same year, three people died and 1,187 were injured due to bike crashes countywide. …Read the rest »

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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Bicycle Accident Case

By Brian Chase on February 4, 2013 - No comments

The family of 41-year old Alexander Motsenigos, who was struck and killed by a big rig making a left turn at an intersection, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit (Case number: 13-00150) against the truck driver and his employer after a grand jury refused to indict the driver. According to a Feb. 4 CBS news report, the truck driver left the scene and was contacted by police two days later, but told them that he was not aware of the collision.

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The widow of 41-year-old Alexander Motsenigos has filed a wrongful death lawsuit (Case number: 13-00150) in connection with her husband’s bicycle accident death in August.

According to a Feb. 4 CBS news report, the fatal collision occurred Aug. 24 when Motsenigos’s bicycle was struck by a big rig that was making a left turn on Weston Road in Wellesley. The truck driver did not stop at the scene and was contacted two days later by police, but told them he was not aware of the collision, the report states. Police have not filed charges and a grand jury also refused to indict him, the CBS report states.

Motsenigos was fatally injured in the bike accident and the truck driver left the scene, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit (Case number: 13-00150) alleges negligence on the part of the truck driver, Dana McCoomb and his employer C.J. Mabardy Inc. The lawsuit alleges that McCoomb had a clear view of the intersection where he turned left and of Motsenigos. Court documents state that McCoomb attempted to pass Motsenigos despite being familiar with the narrow intersection where it would be dangerous to do so.

The wrongful death lawsuit (Case number: 13-00150), which was filed in Norfolk County Superior Court, Mass., also alleges that McCoomb had numerous violations on his record. Court documents state that McCoomb’s license was suspended on the day of the accident for seven surcharge events in 60 days. Also, on the day before the accident, he was assessed a surcharge for an accident that occurred in Brockton on a prior date, the suit states. The complaint also states that McCoomb’s driving record from 1982 through the date of the accident “demonstrates a long string of driving violations and accidents with numerous license suspensions.” The lawsuit alleges his employer, the trucking company, was negligent in hiring McCoomb despite his many violations.

This wrongful death case shows that the civil courts are often the last recourse for families that are seeking justice for the loss of their loved ones, said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. “It is important to remember that in any personal injury case, criminal charges are not necessary for the plaintiffs to file an injury claim or a wrongful death lawsuit. The civil justice system works independently and every case is looked at with a fresh set of eyes.”

The burden of proof in civil cases in on the plaintiff as opposed to the government in criminal cases, Bisnar says. “The goal of personal injury or wrongful death claims is to make sure that the wrongdoer is held accountable. They offer the hope of justice for victims and families even when the criminal justice system doesn’t work in their favor.”

Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys represent victims of bike accidents, wrongful death and car accidents. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients.

Since 1978, Bisnar | Chase has recovered millions of dollars for seriously injured victims and families that have lost loved ones as a result of someone else’s negligence. For more information, please call 949-203-3814 or visit http://www.bestattorney.com for a free consultation.

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Source: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/02/04/no-charges-for-driver-in-fatal-wellesley-bike-crash/

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