A bike crash in La Mesa left a cyclist with serious injuries after he was struck by a trolley, a News10.com article reports. The male bicyclist was taken to the hospital after being hit around 5:20 p.m. close to the Amaya Station. Although it is not known at this time what caused the accident, several bicyclists are injured due to motorist distraction or negligence, dangerous roadways or improper signage, and even defective auto parts that cause a vehicle to lose control and strike a cyclist. Since this particular bicycle accident involved a trolley, it is likely that investigators will examine the trolley driver’s actions in the moments leading up to the crash.
With National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics revealing that 716 pedalcyclists (individuals riding a pedal-powered means of transportation) were killed in traffic accidents in 2008, more safety measures could be implemented in San Diego to help prevent serious injury and fatal bike collisions. Even when bicyclists wear helmets and other protective gear, they may still endure brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, lacerations, and other serious injuries depending on the circumstances of the accident. Some factors that contribute to the severity of a bicyclist’s injuries relate to vehicle speed, bodily location of impact, what surface or object a cyclist lands on, as well as other dynamics.
Because bicyclists are not protected by the confines and safety devices that a motor vehicle provides, bicyclists are more likely to sustain serious injury in the event of an accident. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by a distracted or reckless driver, or due to the negligence of another entity, skilled San Diego bicycle accident attorney Steven Elia can help. In his many years of experience assisting those injured by another person’s negligence, Steven Elia has the legal resources and knowledge that you need to obtain a successful case outcome. Call 619-444-2244 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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