At about 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, the driver of a Mercedes-Benz struck and seriously injured a 44-year-old male cyclist in Alhambra. The accident occurred at Palm Avenue and Main Street when the 25-year-old man driving the Mercedes turned left from a northbound lane of Raymond Avenue onto Main Street and collided with the bicyclist, who was riding northbound on Palm Avenue at the time. Emergency responders transported the man to an area hospital in critical condition. Authorities are investigating the accident but do not suspect alcohol or drugs were a factor.
“In California, when a collision causes injury to those involved, the at-fault party may be legally obligated to compensate the victims should they choose to pursue personal injury claims,” explained lawyer James Ballidis.
Alhambra accounted for none of the 24 fatalities and 36 of the 4,199 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranks cities with similarly sized populations based on their incidences of fatal and injury collisions, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings; 1st place is considered the worst. That year, Alhambra ranked 29th out of 103 cities for cyclist safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the cyclist who was struck and seriously injured.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this Alhambra accident.
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