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Police Vehicle Strikes, Injures Bicyclist

We know that San Diego is a great place to take your bike out for a ride. If you live in the area, you know that thousands of people ride every day. Some people are recreational riders while others use their bicycles as their main method of transportation. Regardless, we know that bicycle riders do their best to stay safe. Unfortunately, they cannot control the actions of others around them. Often, negligent drivers strike pedestrians.

The other day, it just happened to be a San Diego Harbor Police vehicle that crashed into a bicyclist. The incident occurred at the intersection of West Laurel Street and Pacific Highway, and as of now, we do not know exactly what caused the accident. We do know that the bicyclist, a 58-year-old man, was taken to the hospital. The officers involved were not injured.

Bicyclists face a range of dangers when they hit the street. Do you know what to do if someone else’s negligence causes you harm when you are riding? When you need an experienced San Diego bicycle accident attorney, you can count on Edward J. Babbitt, APC to secure the compensation you deserve.

The Reality

When it comes to bicyclists, they simply do not have much protection against the force of a vehicle. Whether a crash is high or low-speed, the potential for major injuries is there. The best-case scenario for a bicycle accident is a few bumps and bruises, but that is rare. Commonly, we see broken bones, major soft-tissue damage, internal organ damage, as well as spinal and head trauma.

Fixing these injuries is difficult and incredibly costly. The rehabilitation time can be lengthy, depending on the severity of the injury.

These injuries are not rare. In fact, the latest reporting year for California shows us that there were almost 13,000 bicycle accident injuries. There were 136 fatalities.

Closer to home, San Diego had 531 bicycle injuries or fatalities for the same year.

Bicyclists are vulnerable on the roadways, which is why drivers should always be aware of them when our driving. Unfortunately, distracted or drunk drivers are much more likely to cause a bicyclist harm.

Many bicycle accidents happen at intersections and crosswalks, often due to a driver’s lack of patience. Drivers should always be aware of when others have the right-of-way and yield appropriately or they could be held liable for injuries they cause. Some of the worst bicycle accidents happen at slower speeds when a cyclist gets stuck underneath a vehicle.

Moving Forward from Here

Any time you suspect that someone else’s negligence has caused you harm, you should seek legal assistance. Dealing with insurance companies and other parties can be confusing and complex, especially when you are trying to heal from an injury. At Edward J. Babbitt, APC, we want to make sure you are treated fairly and that you receive all the compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 619-543-1789.