People who enjoy cycling in California know that safety is a serious concern when sharing the roads with cars, pedestrians and other vehicles. The statistics show that cycling is inherently dangerous and carries with it a danger of fatality far greater than any other means of transportation. While bike trips account for only about 1% of all trips taken in the U.S., bicycle accident fatalities account for 2% of all traffic fatalities. So the dangers of cycling are very real and these figures illustrate the reasons why safety must come first when cycling.
People in San Diego may have heard about a gruesome accident that occurred at a La Mesa intersection last month. Police say a man on a bicycle was hit and run over by an armored car in the middle of a busy intersection. The victim was rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he remained in critical condition.
People in San Diego may have heard about yet another tragic bike crash fatality. The most recent such accident occurred earlier this month in San Marcos on a Thursday morning, when a cement truck plowed over a 22-year-old cyclist at the busy intersection of S. Las Posas Road and Grand Avenue.
People who have been reading this blog know that there has been a frighteningly large number of bus crashes in California and across the U.S. so far in 2013. The most recent bus-related tragedy occurred in North Texas earlier this month, when a bus carrying 40 senior citizens from an Oklahoma casino abruptly and unexpectedly swerved off of the highway, into a median, and tipped over on its side. In total, 16 passengers were seriously injured and two passengers were killed.
People as far south as San Diego and all over the west coast were disturbed by the unsettling story of a drunk driver who plowed into a crowd of pedestrians near a Seattle middle school last month.
Last month a tour bus crash near Redlands, California, killed eight passengers and injured many more when the brakes apparently gave out, sending the bus hurdling down Highway 38 without any means of slowing down. The bus hit two other cars before flipping over, tossing the 38 passengers aboard the bus like rag dolls.
Earlier this month a San Diego woman ran over two pedestrians in a tragic traffic accident. The victims, a nanny pushing a stroller containing a 14-month-old child, were struck by the woman's SUV as they crossed the street. The nanny, a 41-year-old mother with two teenagers of her own, was killed, and the child remains in intensive care with extensive injuries.
People in San Diego relish the warm, moderate climate, where sunny skies and comfortable temperatures are the norm. But when bad weather hits, people on the roads and highways in Southern California may lack the experience to stay safe on the roads. This was proven again on a weekend in January when spectators and commuters flocked to the PGA event at Torrey Pines, only to be waylaid by massive traffic jams caused by the bad weather and, unfortunately, an inordinate number of car accidents.
Earlier this month, a 32-year-old mechanic was killed as he tried to fix an immobile school bus along the shoulder of Interstate 805 under the El Cajon Boulevard overpass. The car accident occurred when a woman driving a Nissan Altima sedan lost control of her vehicle in the wet and rainy conditions and slammed into the San Diego Unified School District bus he was repairing.