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Palm Desert: Collision With Car Critically Injured Bicyclist

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At approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17th, a car struck and critically injured a 10-year-old bicyclist. The collision occurred near the intersection of Avenue 42 and Washington Street. Police described the boy as having “major injuries,” including fractures to both of his legs. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The accident is under investigation, explains a California personal injury lawyer.

9 of the 220 fatal and 362 of the 8,561 injury traffic collisions that occurred in Riverside County involved a bicycle, according to the California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions. Palm Desert accounted for none of the fatal and 17 of the injury bicycle accidents.

Bicycle riders have the same rights and obligations as drivers, according to California
Vehicle Code Section 21200: the right to ride safely within a lane or to the right of the road, the right-of-way when waiting at a stop sign, and the right to pass through an intersection on a green light-and, when doing so, to have drivers turning left yield for them.

Vehicle Code 21202 requires cyclists riding at speeds slower than traffic to travel to the right of the road; cyclists turning onto another roadway or avoiding hazards are exempt from this rule. If a driver strikes a cyclist who is abiding by these rules and an accident ensues, the driver may be liable for the expenses related to the cyclist’s injuries.

Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the bicyclist injured in the collision with the car in Palm Desert last Wednesday a full recovery.

Articles on the causes of bicycle-verses-motor vehicle accidents and bicycle safety tips are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request an article, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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