Former “ER” star Maura Tierney is recovering after a bicycle accident in Marina del Rey area. According to a City News Service report, a vehicle clipped the rear tire of the actress’s bicycle around noon on Aug. 27. Tierney who currently stars in the Showtime drama, “The Affair,” was reportedly fitted with a neck brace and taken to a hospital to be checked out. The driver remained at the scene. Her injuries are not believed to be major. Officials have said alcohol or drugs were not a factor in this bicycle accident.
We are relieved that this bicycle accident did not result in major, life-changing injuries as a number of bicycle accidents do. We wish Tierney the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to a recent article on Curbed LA, 62 people were struck and killed in bicycle accidents involving other vehicles on Southern California streets in 2017. Of those fatalities, 26 were in Los Angeles County. In 2014, 86 people were killed across seven Southern California counties. In both 2015 and 2015, there were 73 deaths each year in Southern California.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
Clearly, Tierney’s accident is not isolated or rare in the Greater Los Angeles area. These types of accidents occur due to a number of factors including reckless drivers who may be impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent. In many cases, we see bike lane intrusions, which means vehicles veer into bike lanes and strike bicyclists. Our bicycle accident attorneys have also represented clients who have been seriously injured as a result of dangerous or defectively designed roadways.
Injured bicycle accident victims can seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses depending on the nature and circumstances of the incident. If a negligent driver caused the accident, you may file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party seeking compensation for damages.
If the accident was caused by a dangerous roadway, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable. In such cases, a claim must be filed within 180 days of the incident. An experienced Southern California bicycle accident attorney will be able to remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you obtain maximum compensation for your losses.