Rick Cessinger Ocean Beach: Rick Cessinger Injured In San Diego Bicycle Accident With Hi-And-Run Driver By Catalina Boulevard and Tennyson Street In Ocean Beach —> Support The Victim Through Go Fund Me
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (September 26, 2019) – A bicyclist identified as Rick Cessinger was injured in an Ocean Beach car accident near the intersection of Catalina Boulevard and Tennyson Street.
San Diego police are saying that the accident took place around 4:00 p.m. as Rick Cessinger was biking away from his home in Ocean Beach. Paramedics rushed to the scene and came across the victim who was unconscious.
Rick Cessinger woke up in the hospital with numerous injuries including 6 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a collarbone fracture and amnesia. There is an investigation into whether or not the victim was also robbed after the accident.
His wallet as well as his cellphone were both missing from his backpack. Jan Kelleher is a friend of the victim and set up a Go Fund Me page to help with his medical expenses.
Liability In Bicycle Accidents
According to research from the People Powered Movement, “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. However, the number of fatal accidents increased by more than 12 percent during this same time.” There are a number of factors that contribute to bicycle accidents including:
- Driver intoxication
- Driver distraction
- Poor road conditions
Drivers are supposed to keep an eye out for bicyclists and take measures to avoid hitting them. 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, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10.”
Drivers that flee the scene of an accident that causes bodily injury are likely to face civil as well as criminal liability. According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.”
Any person that is injured in a hit-and-run accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. A civil claim can help victim’s with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. It’s important to get medical care and follow up treatment after an accident. Failing to seek adequate care may jeopardize your ability to seek damages down the line. A bicycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and make sure that your rights are being protected.
Getting Help After A Bicycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Rick Cessinger as he is going through such a difficult time. We strongly encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page set up to cover his medical bills. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the police. The driver responsible for this heinous crime needs to be captured and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Have you or someone that you care about 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 legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.