A man was seriously injured in a bicycle accident in Fullerton after being hit by an OCTA bus the evening of January 26, 2011. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury bus accident occurred on Euclid Street at West Laguna Road. Fullerton police officials say the man, who was riding a mountain bike, tried to cross Euclid Street at Laguna Road and was hit by a small OCTA bus that was traveling north on the roadway.
The bicyclist, a man in his 60s, was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries. Anyone who witnessed this bus versus bicycle accident is asked contact Fullerton police at 714-738-6715.
My heart goes out to this injured bicyclist and his family members for what they are going through at this time. I wish this man the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 69 were injured in bicycle accidents in Fullerton. In Orange County as a whole, 10 deaths and 1,087 injuries were reported involving bicycle accidents in 2008. Also during the same year, 152 people were killed and 13,414 were injured as a result of Orange County car accident.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, officials are still investigating who had the right-of-way and who was at fault at the time of this accident. Under California law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as the drivers of other vehicles. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”
If the driver of the bus is determined to have been at fault, then he or she as well as the transit authority can be held liable. A skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on the roadway may have caused or contributed to this accident. If that was the case, the city or public entity responsible for this accident could also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the incident.
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