Shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, two cyclists collided head-on in Pasadena, the impact seriously injuring one of them. While riding westbound on Mountain Street with the flow of traffic, a 20-year-old man collided with a 17-year-old cyclist who was riding eastbound against the flow of traffic. Emergency responders transported the older cyclist to an area hospital to receive treatment for major head trauma. Authorities are investigating the bicycle accident.
“Cyclists are obligated to follow the same traffic rules as motorists,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “and may be held liable if they cause accidents that harm others due to their failure to abide by the laws or to their negligence.”
Pasadena accounted for 1 of the 24 fatalities and 88 of the 4,199 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic accidents 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 compares the accident data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, starting with 1st place. That year, Pasadena ranked 4th out 53 cities for bicyclist safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the cyclist who was seriously injured in the head-on collision with the other cyclist.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this Pasadena bicycle accident.
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