A bicyclist who was riding with a group of cyclists suffered serious injuries the afternoon of Oct. 17 after he was struck by a motorcycle in Pacific Beach in San Diego. According to a City News Service report, the crash occurred at the intersection of Ingraham Street and Reed Avenue. A 23-year-old man riding a 2017 Harley Davidson Sportster was southbound in the 4200 block of Ingraham Street as a group of bicyclists was eastbound in the 1500 block of Reed Avenue.
Serious Injuries for Bicyclist
The motorcycle struck one of the bicyclists as they entered the intersection. The injured bicyclist was identified as a 49-year-old man. The motorcyclist sustained road rash injuries to his right leg. The bicyclist suffered a broken left femur and broken ribs. Paramedics took the bicyclist to an area hospital. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured bicyclist. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Injuries and Compensation
An accident that involves a bicycle and another vehicle can cause serious injuries to the bicyclist. When a bicyclist falls to the ground, he or she may suffer bone fractures, spinal cord trauma and injuries to the head or brain. Blunt force trauma to certain areas of the body can be catastrophic or even fatal.
Other common injuries in bicycle accidents include facial injuries, nerve damage, ruptured discs and neck and back injuries. If a vehicle strikes a bicyclist and runs over the person, it could lead to broken bones, crush injuries, internal organ damage and even death. A helmet could significantly prevent the risk of head injuries. However, it cannot prevent injuries to other parts of the body. While injuries such as broken bones are not fatal and may not be considered catastrophic, they could still leave victims with long-term health issues and require extensive rehabilitation and therapy to heal.
In such cases, bicycle accident victims may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced California bicycle accident attorney will be able to advise injured victims in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.