39-Year-Old Woman Injured In Electric Bicycle Accident In South Lake Tahoe After Falling From Sidewalk In Front Of The Grocery Outlet Store
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA (June 3, 2019) – A 39-year-old woman was seriously injured after falling from her electric bicycle and being run over by a car near the Grocery Outlet Store.
The victim apparently lost control of her bicycle after hitting loose gravel on the sidewalk. The woman proceeded to fall off of her bicycle and her leg was run over by a car.
An off-duty nurse from Barton Health saw the accident and stopped in order to help the victim. Paramedics and emergency responders then arrived at the scene in order to transport her to the hospital.
Authorities are saying that the victim was complaining about pelvic pain before she was transported to Barton Hospital. The driver that ran her over remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
Liability In Bicycle Accidents
Drivers have a legal responsibility to look out for bicyclists and do their best to avoid accidents. According to California Vehicle Code 21200, “A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division.” But many accidents are not caused 100% due to the negligence of other drivers.
A city or company may face civil liability for an accident if it was caused by a defect on their property. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” For example, a sidewalk could be in a dangerous condition if it was covered with gravel or had cracks which could cause someone to trip.
Any person that is injured in a bicycle accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Even a mild injury from a bicycle accident can cost well over $35,000. This can be a crushing burden for both individuals and families. A bicycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Bicycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim of this South Lake Tahoe bicycle accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the authorities for the sake of all those involved. It is our sincere hope that the sidewalk where the accident took place will be cleaned and the gravel will be removed. This sounds like it was an accident waiting to happen.
If your or someone that you love has been injured in a bicycle accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the support that they deserve and that negligent drivers are held to account. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need help with medical bills we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.