Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, a man on a motorized bicycle was struck and seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Santa Barbara. The 16-year-old driver of a Toyota Sequoia struck the man, who was riding eastbound on Hollister at the time, while turning right onto Auhay Drive, throwing him to the ground. He suffered major trauma and was transported to an area hospital. Police identified the driver and are investigating theaccident.
“Once a hit-and-run driver has been apprehended, he or she may be held liable for the cost of the victim’s recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Throughout Santa Barbara County, traffic accidents claimed the life of one bicyclist and injured another 220 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 96 of the crashes resulting in injury occurred in the city. Hit-and-run was a factor in 147 of the traffic-related fatalities and 19,009 of the injuries that occurred in the county that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the man on the motorized bicycle who was injured in the hit-and-run accident.
Keyt.com originally reported this Santa Barbara crash.
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