Bicyclists who are involved in a Tustin car accident often need immediate medical attention. Tragically, many car drivers fail to remain at the scene of the crash out of fear, cowardice or ignorance. Bicyclists involved in hit-and-run accidents may not get the help they need in time or they may never have the opportunity to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. It is important for victims and their families in such cases to remember that help is available. An experienced Tustin bicycle accident lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families about their legal rights and options.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities but 22 people were injured in Tustin bicycle accidents. Throughout Orange County, 12 people were killed and 1,199 were injured in bike crashes during that same year.
All motorists are legally required to remain at the scene of the crash when someone has been injured. 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."
Bicycle Hit-and-Run Injuries
Bicyclists can suffer life-changing or fatal injuries if a vehicle strikes them. It is common for bike riders to suffer bone fractures in their arms, legs, chest and head. Even bike riders who are wearing helmets at the time of the collision can sustain traumatic brain injuries that drastically affect their quality of life. Other victims may sustain internal organ injuries at the time of the collision. Bike riders are also at risk of suffering lacerations, skin abrasions, burn injuries and spinal cord injuries. All of these injuries require immediate medical attention.
Victims of bicycle hit-and-run accidents are often left on or alongside the roadway. If no one else witnessed the crash, the victim may be left there without medical attention. In cases involving head injuries and spinal cord injuries, every second counts. The longer they are left without care or medical attention, their chance of survival diminishes. This is why drivers have a moral and legal obligation to notify the authorities immediately following the crash.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents are also in danger of being struck a second time. Victims who are struck a second time are likely to suffer injuries that often prove fatal. It is unacceptable to leave a bicyclist without stopping, calling the authorities and offering assistance to protect the victim from further harm.
Compensation for Hit-and-Run Accidents
There are legal options available for victims of bicycle accidents involving a hit-and-run driver. If the authorities track down the motorist, then, financial compensation may be available through a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Unfortunately, not all drivers are found. In such cases, a skilled bicycle accident lawyer can help the victim recover losses through his or her own insurance policy. This is why it is important for all bike riders to obtain adequate uninsured motorist coverage.
The experienced Tustin bicycle accident lawyers at our practice have a long and successful track record of obtaining just compensation for injured victims and their families. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, los wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Tustin, please contact us for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.
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