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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 »


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 »


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 »


Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Costa Mesa Car Accident

By Brian Chase on January 24, 2013 - No comments

A 40-year-old bicyclist suffered major injuries in a Costa Mesa car crash after being hit from behind by a vehicle. According Costa Mesa Bicycle Accidentto a news report in The Daily Pilot, the injury collision occurred in the 1200 block of Victoria Street the evening of January 21, 2013. Police say a 2009 Toyota Corolla driven by a 26-year-old struck the cyclist. The bicyclist sustained major head injuries. Both the cyclist and driver are Costa Mesa residents. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 714-754-5264. The investigation into this collision is ongoing.

OC Bicycle Accident Statistics

California Highway Patrol reports that there were no fatalities, but 82 injuries reported as a result of bicycle accidents in Costa Mesa in 2010. During the same year, three people died and 1,187 were injured as a result of bicycle accidents in Orange County as a whole. Also, 100 fatalities and 13,368 injuries were reported due to car accidents countywide in 2010.

What Caused the Collision?

Based on this news report, it appears that the cyclist was struck from behind by the Toyota. There are still several questions here. How did this collision occur? Who was at fault? Where was the bicyclist riding at the time of the collision? Was the motorist inattentive or distracted? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that may have caused or contributed to this accident? Was the driver of the vehicle impaired or speeding at the time? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.

Rights of Injured Victims

If the driver is determined to have been at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. If a dangerous condition on the roadway contributed to the incident, then, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Injured victims and their families should remember not to rush into settlement with an insurance company or any other party. It would be in their best interest to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Costa Mesa who will explain their rights and present their options. Victims must also refrain from signing any documents that will grant insurance companies or other parties access to their personal information such as medical and financial records.


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