Bicyclists are safe when riding along main roads the majority of the time, but when a driver drives in a negligent manner near bicycle riders, it can often create severely dangerous situations. If the driver is driving under the influence, these situations can quickly become accidents that leave those involved seriously injured. One woman has pleaded not guilty to charges against her that stemmed from a bike crash in California.
The accident took place on the evening of Aug. 12 at around 6:30 p.m. and involved one vehicle and a group of bicycles. Initial investigations showed that the driver was traveling the wrong way on a one-way road and collided with a group of bicyclists, striking 10 of them head-on. The riders stated that they were riding around a blind curve at the time of the accident and did not see the vehicle approaching them.
Several of the riders suffered injuries, including one whose injuries were said to be critical. The current condition of the victims is unknown at this time, but the driver of the car was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine. The driver pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges on Aug. 15.
Regardless of whether or not the California woman is found guilty, the injured victims of the bike crash may have the right to seek monetary compensation in a civil court for their injuries. Compensation could be used to pay for any hospital bills that are received by the individuals. This could allow the victims to focus on recuperating.
Source: cbs8.com, “Driver pleads not guilty in alleged DUI crash that injured cyclists“, , Aug. 15, 2014