A cyclist was struck by an SUV in Mission Bay Park on the evening of October 19, 2016. The 54-year-old cyclist was making a left-hand turn when the vehicle hit him in the intersection. The cyclist sustained significant injuries, including bleeding to the brain, facial injuries, and a broken arm. Apparently, the vehicle had the right of way. News reports about the accident minimize the seriousness of the cyclist’s injuries and place the fault on the cyclist. Nevertheless, the cyclist should contact a San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer regarding the accident. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 alone more than 900 cyclists were killed and there were 494,000 emergency room visits due to bicycle-related injuries.
There are steps you can take to avoid becoming the victim of a cycling accident. Always wear a helmet. Helmets reduce your risk of brain injury and death in the event of an accident. Obey all traffic signs and the rules of the road. Be predictable to motorists by using hand signals. Wear bright clothing and use reflectors and lights so you are visible to motorists. Check your brakes, tires, and chain before leaving.
If you find yourself in an accident, wait for the police to arrive and give them your version of events for their report. Get contact information for the driver and any witnesses. Be sure to document your injuries as soon as possible. Even if you think your injuries are not serious or you think the accident was your fault, you should still contact a professional for legal advice. Call Mova Law Group, Injury Attorneys if you are looking for a San Diego Bicycle Accident Lawyer in California.