When motor vehicles and bicycles collide, it is not uncommon for cyclists to suffer life-changing or catastrophic injuries. Fractures, back and/or neck injuries and traumatic brain injuries are all too common results. Victims of bicycle accidents caused by the negligence of another party are fully entitled to pursue claims for recovery of monetary damages in a California civil court proceeding.
A 30-year-old cyclist recently suffered severe injuries when she was knocked off her bicycle by a car operated by a 22-year-old man. The California Highway Patrol reported that the woman was cycling on the scenic highway in Lompoc in the early evening of a recent Wednesday when a southbound sedan struck her bicycle from behind. The impact reportedly caused the cyclist to be ejected from what was described as some type of training bicycle.
While the car driver was uninjured, the cyclist suffered shoulder, back, neck and leg fractures. She was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital and subsequently transferred by helicopter to a Santa Barbara hospital. Although her injuries were serious, she is expected to survive. CHP stated that there seemed to be no evidence of alcohol playing a role in the accident, but the accident is being investigated.
Victims of bicycle accidents in California may be entitled to pursue compensation for medical expenses and other financial damages resulting from severe injuries caused by the negligence of another party. For a personal injury claim to be successful, sufficient evidence of negligence will be required. An experienced legal representative may assist in evaluating the gathered evidence to determine the viability of filing a civil court claim and to lend full support in pursuing a monetary judgment for all losses incurred.
Source: lompocrecord.com, “Cyclist seriously injured while riding in Lompoc“, March 5, 2015