Pedro Estrada Colusa: Bicyclist Identified as Pedro Estrada Injured In Car Accident By The Intersection of Bridge Street and Oak Street In Williams
COLUSA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (March 15, 2019) – A bicyclist from Colusa identified as Pedro Estrada sustained a head-injury after he was hit by a pickup truck near the intersection of Bridge Street and Oak Street in Williams.
California Highway Patrol officers are saying that Pedro Estrada was riding northbound along Bridge Street when he was hit by a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck was making a left turn at the time of the accident.
The victim was thrown off his bicycle and taken to the Colusa Medical Center in order to receive treatment for a head injury. Authorities are saying that the driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene and cooperated.
Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have played a role in the crash.
Liability In Bicycle Accidents
According to the Bike and Walk Alliance, there were 45,000 bicycle accidents in 2015. There has been a general downward trend in the number of bicycle accidents as cities have worked to add safety features to the roads. Protected bicycle lanes, for example, completely shield riders from traffic with a concrete barrier. Here are a few of the other safety improvements that cities can make to help reduce bicycle accidents.
- Linking gaps in bicycle routes
- Installed traffic calming measures
- Constructing better bicycle parking facilities
- Paving buffered bike lanes near busy highways
A number of accidents occur when drivers are speeding, fatigued or under the influence. Drivers are more likely to make errors when they are drowsy or when there is less light out. This is why a large number of pedestrian crashes tend to occur between 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Drivers also cause accidents making dangerous or illegal left turns. According to the California Vehicle Code 21801:
“The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Drivers that make left turns and hit pedestrians or other vehicles will typically he held at fault. Any person that is injured in an accident with a driver making a left turn will be able to recover damages through a bodily injury claim. The costs of treating even a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be a whopping $32,000. More severe head injuries can lead to treatment costs in excess of several hundred thousand. A personal injury attorney can help get you financial compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
Getting Help After A Bicycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Pedro Estrada as he continues to recover. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should reach out to authorities as they continue to investigate. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened.
Have you or someone that you love been involved in a bicycle accident? You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our team of highly experienced brain injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We’ve resolved thousands of claims and can take steps to make sure that your rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need help instigating an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.