Glenn County Bicycle Accident: 52-Year-Old Woman Seriously Injured In Car Accident While Riding Bicycle In Hamilton City On County Road 203 By County Road 9
ORLAND, CALIFORNIA (May 2, 2019) – A 52-year-old woman riding a bicycle was severely injured after being hit by a 29-year-old man driving a Mercedes on County Road 203 in Glenn County.
Hamilton City police are saying that the bicycle accident took place around 2:15 p.m. The driver of the Mercedes approached the cyclist from behind and veered slightly to the right towards the dirt shoulder.
The front of the Mercedes hit the victim from behind at around 55 mph. Police are saying the victim was carried on the hood of the car before being thrown off as the driver veered sharply to the left.
Following the initial crash, the Mercedes continued out of control and down into an embankment. The driver of the Mercedes left his vehicle to go check on the cyclist.
She was transported to the Enloe Medical Center in Chico in order to receive treatment for major injuries. An investigation into the Hamilton City bicycle accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Bicycle Accidents
According to the Bike and Walk Alliance, “Statistics show that while the overall number of bicycle accidents in the country is declining, the number of fatal bike accidents is on the rise. In 2015, there were 45,000 reported bicycle accidents in the United States, down from 50,000 reported accidents in the prior year.” There are a number of factors associated with bicycle accidents:
- Speeding: Drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicle according to the prevailing conditions of the roadway. Still, many people choose to speed and are not able to slow down in time to avoid hitting cyclists.
- Weather: Bicyclists who are in the rain or dark are much less visible than cyclists who are traveling on a clear day. This is why it’s so important to wear reflective clothing. Regardless, drivers must slow down when there is decreased visibility.
- Alcohol/Drugs: Alcohol is one of the leading causes of serious injury accidents in the United States. What many people don’t realize is that prescriptions and even over-the-counter medications can be just as dangerous when driving.
- Failure To Follow Traffic Laws: A number of bicyclists are seriously injured by drivers that fail to follow traffic laws. Drivers might make dangerous left turns or drive directly on bicycle lanes.
A bicycle accident can leave victims with serious and costly injuries. According to the NCBI, “Costs of pedestrian and pedalcycle injuries in 2000 will total $40 billion over the lifetimes of the injured. The largest contributor to pedestrian and pedalcyclist injury costs (62.8%) is the $24.7 billion value of pain, suffering, and lost quality of life.” For example, even a moderate traumatic brain injury can cost well over $500,000 over a victim’s lifetime. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for an accident.
In most situations a driver who hits a cyclist from behind will be found at fault. There is simply no excuse for a rear-end collision. These types of accidents generally represent fairly strong evidence that a driver was either distracted, fatigued or speeding. Any victim will typically be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A bicycle accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they can begin taking steps to make sure that you are getting the support that you deserve.
Getting Help After A Bicycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to woman that was injured in this Hamilton City bicycle accident. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to the CHP. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this road safer for cyclists.
Have you or someone that you love been injured in a bicycle accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have about your rights. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are given the help and support that they need to fully recover. Whether you need more information about a particular accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.