Drivers are likely to encounter a variety of different hazards and road conditions that may require them to react or adjust to ensure that everyone they may encounter is safe. Unfortunately, failure to adapt to a changing condition could ultimately result in serious harm. In fact, a bicyclist in California was recently seriously injured in a car accident.
The incident that left the cyclist injured reportedly happened just after 7:30 a.m. on a day in mid-June. Many of the details regarding the accident are unclear, including the identities of both people believed to have been involved. Reports indicate that the bicyclist was struck by a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old.
It was initially reported that the bicyclist was killed in the collision. However, a representative with the California Highway Patrol later stated that the incident has not been confirmed as a fatality. The teenage driver allegedly claimed an inability to see the bicyclist because of the sun. The incident — which is still being investigated — resulted in significant delays.
Because of the size differential between bicycles and traditional motor vehicles, the potential for severe harm when a car accident occurs involving the two is high. As such, it is necessary for drivers to ensure that they are vigilant at all times, potentially requiring them to take additional action should weather or other conditions impede visibility. Unfortunately, this victim may have a long road to recovery — if able to recover — as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. Often in an incident such as this, medical bills in combination with lost wages can quickly become overwhelming. Fortunately, victims have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit against those believed to be responsible.