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A young father, Andy Welch, was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Rialto. The accident occurred while Andy was riding his bike towards Rosa’s Market on Bohnert Avenue to get something to eat. The vehicle struck Andy and then fled the scene without stopping to help.

According to ABC 7 News, Andy remained in the street for over a half hour, while other vehicles passed him by. He was severely injured, but conscious, and was eventually able to reach his cellphone and call his family for help. He was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for surgery to repair intestines that were ruptured in the accident. He was then put into a medically induced coma. While originally Andy took a turn for the worse, he is now stable and breathing on his own, though he remains in the coma.

Sadly, far too often when a pedestrian or cyclist collision occurs, drivers think it is better to flee the scene rather than stay and face liability. However, this is not a good idea and leaving the scene of an accident can result in both a civil offense and criminal charges.

The family of a bicyclist, who died when he was struck by a sheriff’s deputy who was driving while distracted by a digital device, will be paid $11.75 million by the city of Los Angeles as a settlement in their wrongful death suit.

The accident that killed Milton Olin Jr., a 65-year-old attorney and former chief operating officer of Napster, happened on December 8, 2013. Olin was in the bike lane in Calabasas, when the officer drifted over and hit him. He died on impact “after landing on the patrol car’s windshield and shattering the glass.”

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According to KTLA News, police are looking for a driver of a hit and run vehicle that struck and killed a man in a tragic Compton bicycle accident. Apparently, the victim, Darnell Parker was cycling to a relative’s house just after midnight on May 20th, when he was hit at Alondra Boulevard and Bradfield Avenue.  The driver fled the area. Officers responded, and Parker was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers plan to check surveillance cameras in the area in hopes to get more information as to who the driver could be.

Parker’s family is left to deal with the tragic aftermath of his untimely death. His daughter-in-law, Tracy Brown, stated, “He has children that are gonna need him. They’re gonna miss out on very important things they can’t even share with their dad, and I just think it’s sad.”  Continue Reading

According to the Los Angeles Times, around 5 p.m. on April 17, 2018, a 52-year old man was killed after he was knocked off his bike and thrown into oncoming traffic.

Lenny Trinh, the victim of this Burbank bicycle accident wrongful death, was riding his bike in the designated bike lane when a driver of a parked car opened the door just as Mr. Trinh rode past. The collision with the door caused Mr. Trinh to fall into the street. The Burbank Police Department reported that Trinh was then hit by a pick-up truck traveling on Alameda Avenue.

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A 15-year-old Tarzana boy, and biking enthusiast, Sebastian Montero, was tragically killed when he was struck by a car while riding his bike in Woodland Hills, California. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the Woodland Hills bicycle accident occurred when Montero was riding his bike with a friend on Easter morning. He followed his friend through an intersection when a white 2018 Infiniti entered the intersection and hit Montero, sending him flying into the car’s windshield.

The young boy was rushed to the hospital reportedly suffering from blunt force trauma. He was pronounced dead just a short time later. The driver was a 31-year-old Tarzana man. The driver stopped after the accident and the police determined that he was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Los Angeles is known for its busy roads and good weather. These two things combined mean many people opt to ride a bicycle for transportation. While a bicycle can be a great option for getting around the city, it can also be dangerous—with so much traffic in the Los Angeles area, it means increased chances you could get hurt as a result of a bicycle accident.

Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries. When the collision is with a car, there can be severe injuries that require medical attention and hospital stays. As result of a serious bike accident, you could be facing not only immediate medical expenses, but also expenses for physical therapy to assist in your recovery as well as loss of earnings if your injury requires you to miss work. You should be compensated for these expenses. An experienced California personal injury lawyer can help you maximize your recovery from the other party’s insurance or, if needed, help you file a Los Angeles personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused the accident. Continue Reading

Mark Kristofferson, a 49 year old man, was killed in a Palm Springs bicycle accident. According to the Desert Sun, Ronnie Huerta, Jr., from Desert Hot Springs, California, struck Kristofferson and another bicyclist, Alyson Lee Akers, from Huntington Beach, California, during the Tour de Palm Springs bicycling event.

Mr. Kristofferson tragically passed away as a result of this Palm Springs wrongful death accident and Ms. Akers suffered severe injuries and had to be airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center. We wish a speedy recovery to Ms. Akers.  Continue Reading

In early October, a teenage girl was hit in an intersection in Imperial Beach, California, while riding her bike. A white car entered the intersection of Elm Avenue and 9th Street striking the girl on her bike, causing this California bike accident. This intersection in Imperial Beach is a rather busy intersection, and residents believe that something more needs to be done to prevent future incidents like this from happening in the future.

Thankfully, the teen was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. The problem is that residents of the community say that this is going to continue until the city steps up to do something to protect people at this intersection.

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Our California personal injury lawyers have seen many serious bicycle accident injuries over the years.  In fact, we recently recovered over one million dollars for a client who was injured while riding his bicycle.  Many people opt to not wear a bicycle helmet, and that can turn into a deadly decision. In fact, 800 people were killed while riding a bicycle with 515,000 people being injured in bicycle accidents that required a trip to the emergency room or doctor’s office back in 2010. One of the most common injuries that occur in bicycle accidents are head injuries. Neglecting to wear a bicycle helmet can increase your chances of death after a bicycle accident. There are a few other reasons that wearing a bicycle helmet is a must.

  • Visibility: Bicycle helmets are often brightly colored or have reflective features on them that make them more noticeable to drivers. Often, accidents happen when drivers are unable to see bicyclists that are traveling close to them. If your helmet doesn’t have reflective stripes, and you bike at night, you’ll want to consider adding some reflective tape to it.
  • Protection From the Weather: A bicycle helmet also protects your head from the weather. In addition, if you’re riding your bike and a storm happens, you’ll have protection from the rain and even hail. If you like to bike when it’s chilly outside, there are some helmets meant to help keep your head warmer.

A bicyclist, who alleged permanent traumatic brain injury (often referred to as TBI) and memory loss will be paid three million ($3,000,000.00) dollars by the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

The bicycle versus car collision occurred on Victory Boulevard, just east of the San Diego (405) freeway, in the San Fernando Valley, when Shelaim Furst, a rabbi, allegedly was hit from behind while driving his bicycle in a posted bicycle lane by a car driven by Antoine Shehata, who was attempting to change lanes to enter the freeway.

As a result of the impact, Rabbi Furst struck the car’s front windshield and was thrown approximately 27 feet onto the street.  Rabbi Furst reportedly suffered multiple injuries, including permanent brain injury and memory loss, from this collision.

A basis of his lawsuit was reported to be that L.A. City allowed Victory Blvd. to become “dilapidated” which created a false sense of security since the city posted bike route signs.  For more information on bicycle injury accidents, please see our Bicycle Accident injury page.

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