Fullerton Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Fullerton is a northern Orange County city that is 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 11 miles north of Santa Ana. While Santa Ana may only make up approximately 22.4 square miles of Orange County, as of 2010, it is home to over 135,000 people. The city is vibrant with several educational institutions and a bustling downtown.
Fullerton Crash Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), five fatalities and 665 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in the city of Fullerton. During that same year, 52 people were injured in Fullerton bicycle accidents. While there were no fatal bicycle accidents in the year 2010, the same cannot be said for the year 2012.
Fullerton Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident
On the morning of July 11, 2012, a man in his 20s was killed while riding his bike in Fullerton. He was riding a BMX bike near Bastanchury Road and Morelia Avenue when a black sub-compact car struck him and drove away. A Volkswagen Jetta then struck him as well. This tragic accident appears to have taken place near one of Fullerton's dirt trails used by mountain bikers.
Leaving the scene of a crash is a felony crime under California law. However, there have been several instances of hit-and-run injury bicycle accidents in Fullerton. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) 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."
Fullerton Intersection Accidents
Hit-and-run drivers are not the only threat to Fullerton bicyclists. On October 6, 2011, a 22-year-old bicyclist was struck by a car at the intersection of Yorba Linda Boulevard and Deerpark Drive. Officials say the bicyclist was crossing the road in the crosswalk on a green light when a Ford Escort that was making a turn, crashed into him. He was treated at the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital.
Many intersection accidents involve drivers who fail to consciously look for bicyclists who are on the roadway. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21200, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. That means that drivers must yield the right of way to bicyclists at street intersections. 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."
Driver Negligence and Bicycle Accidents
Injured victims of Fullerton bicycle accidents may file a claim against the at-fault motorist to seek compensation for their significant damages and losses. An important part of the claim process is proving that the driver was negligent. Drivers who are negligent or reckless can be held accountable for losses such as medical bills, lost earnings, property damage, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. Negligence can be proved against drivers in cases where the motorist in question was speeding, ran a red light or stop sign, failed to yield to the bicyclist or drove distracted or fatigued.
It is common for bicycle accidents to result in serious injuries that can be devastating financially and physically for the bicyclists. Many bicycle accident victims suffer head trauma, broken bones, sprains, strains, neck injuries, back injuries and lacerations. All of these injuries can be extremely painful and some of them can affect the victim's quality of life in the long term.
The experienced Fullerton bicycle accident lawyers at our law practice have a long and successful track record of representing the rights of injured bicyclists and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Fullerton bicycle accident, please contact us for a free consultation and a comprehensive case evaluation.