Bicycle Accidents - Bisnar Chase Blog
From the year 2009-2014, there were more than 86,000 accidents involving a car and a bicycle in California, marginally higher than the number of motorcycle accidents in the state. Of those accidents, almost 1,000 of them resulted in the bicyclist losing his or her life. Riding a bicycle, especially at night, can be extremely dangerous on California roads. Bisnar Chase reports on bicycle accidents that happen in the area to raise awareness and to promote the safety of bicyclists everywhere.
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Bicycle use has increased in popularity nationwide, but it has also led to many more accidents with medical costs from non-fatal bike crashes climbing steadily by $789 million annually. According to a new study by UC San Francisco, which was published in in the journal Injury Prevention, over a 17-year period, medical costs for bicycle injuries to adults in the United States, both fatal and non-fatal, amounted to $237 billion. In 2013 alone, total costs from bicycle accidents exceeded $24.4 billion, researchers reported.
The study reports that the costs of bicycle injuries have risen steadily since 1997, with a significant increase in emergency department visits and hospital admissions, particularly with …Read the rest »
A new bill, if legalized, would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, essentially legalizing the “California stop” for bicyclists. According to KPIX 5, Phil Ting, a state assembly member, introduced the bill, which will allow bicyclists to basically roll through stop signs, a move dubbed as the “California stop.” Ting explained that a study by a UC Berkeley professor showed that this could potentially move bikes off busier streets onto ones with more stop signs. He added that the longer a bicyclist remains at an intersection, the more likely he or she is to get struck by an oncoming vehicle. …Read the rest »
A man suffered major injuries in a Santa Ana bicycle accident, which was caused by two cars that were apparently racing. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the night of October 27, 2016 at 17th and Fairview streets. Witnesses told police that a white truck and black car had been racing northbound on Fairview Street from the Civic Center area. The white truck hit a bicyclist who was riding near the east curb line of Fairview north of the riverbed.
The man was knocked off the bike and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The drivers left the scene, but Christopher Rosalino Carrasco of Garden Grove turned himself into the police later that night. He was the driver of the white truck and told police he was involved in the crash. Carrasco was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run with injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured victim of this collision. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. …Read the rest »
A bicyclist suffered a serious, but non-life-threatening head injury after a Newport Beach car accident. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred near the intersection of Seventh Street and Balboa Boulevard the night of October 17, 2016. Police say they are still looking into who was at fault. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Police say alcohol or drugs don’t seem to have been a factor in this bicycle accident. No arrests or citations were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to this bicyclist who has been injured in this collision. It is indeed fortunate that the head injury was not critical or life threatening. We send out our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. …Read the rest »
Deborah Gresham, 44, was killed in a bicycle accident in Stanton after a vehicle struck her the night of October 14, 2016. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred on Cerritos Avenue east of Knott Avenue. Gresham died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, described only as an adult man, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. However, officials have not said if alcohol or drugs were involved.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to those who knew and loved Gresham. Apparently, she was well-known for having created a popular online fan page for the zombie TV show “Walking Dead” called “Zombie Killers two” on Facebook which attracted more than 20,000 fans of the show. …Read the rest »
A man was seriously injured in a Costa Mesa bicycle accident, which officials said, involved a hit-and-run driver who was also possibly under the influence. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the bicyclist was struck by a car near the intersection of 19th Street and Monrovia Avenue. The driver fled the scene. The bicyclist suffered injuries including lacerations and a lower-leg fracture.
He was alert when officers arrived and gave a description of the car that hit him. Officers began searching for a gray Mercedes-Benz with front-end damage. They spotted the car a few blocks away on 18th Street. Officers pulled the car and initiated a DUI investigation. The driver, 22-year-old Aya Ibish, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury and felony hit-and-run. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured bicyclist. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. …Read the rest »
A bicyclist was fatally injured in a Santa Ana hit-and-run collision early morning on March 12, 2016. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the deadly crash occurred in the 1400 block of West Warner Avenue just east of the South Pacific Avenue intersection. Police say they responded to reports of a dark-colored SUV colliding with the bicyclist and then leaving the scene.
The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Police don’t have a description of the SUV’s driver, but witnesses said the SUV traveled eastbound on Warner after the collision. The bicyclist was only identified as an adult male. Anyone with details about this hit-and-run collision is asked to contact Santa Ana police at 714-245-8209.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of this deceased bicyclist. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. …Read the rest »
Henry Patrick Kuen, 63, who was critically injured in a bicycle accident in Burbank last month, has died from his injuries. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the incident occurred when Kuen was biking eastbound on Magnolia Boulevard at Buena Vista Street when a car that was turning left on to Buena Vista Street struck him.
Kuen, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered severe head trauma and remained in critical condition for more than a month before he died. The driver was not arrested or cited at the time.
But, investigators have said they will present a case to the Burbank City Attorney’s office for filing consideration in the near future. Police don’t believe alcohol or drugs were factors.
But, it is not clear if excessive speed, distraction or inattention were factors. Police recorded four traffic fatalities in Burbank in 2014. They are now reminding motorists to avoid distracted driving, look twice for pedestrians and bicyclists and drive at safe speeds. …Read the rest »
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 »
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 »