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Escondido: Elderly Driver Struck, Critically Injured Teenage Cyclist

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On Wednesday, June 15th, an elderly driver struck and critically injured a teenage cyclist in Escondido, explains a California personal injury attorney. The teen was waiting at the corner of East Grand Avenue and North Rose Street to cross the street when an 84-year-old man drove his van onto the sidewalk after miscalculating the left turn he was attempting to make. Paramedics transported the cyclist to a local hospital for treatment. Authorities have asked that witnesses to the accident contact Officer Michael A. Garcia at 760-839-4729.

Escondido accounted for 57 of the 1,132 fatal and injury motor vehicle accidents involving cyclists in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. That year, bicyclist fatalities in the state decreased by 9.2 percent. Nationwide, 70 percent of cycling fatalities were suffered in urban areas; 72 percent occurred between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 p.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on bicycle safety, cyclists’ rights, and the process of pursuing an injury claim, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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