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Improving Car Safety Technology to Reduce Auto, Pedestrian, & Cyclist Accidents

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on March 11, 2013 - Comments off

On March 5, 2013, Volvo Car Group officially announced the world-first cyclist detection technology. A radar sensor is placed in the car’s front grille and a camera is installed in the central control panel and interior rear-view mirror facing the street ahead. The technology can distinguish between pedestrians and now cyclists, which is called Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake.
If a cyclist or pedestrian were to get too close in front of the vehicle, a red flashing warning light would go off inside the vehicle and would automatically activate full braking power. This saves the driver from potentially hitting and injuring a pedestrian or cyclist in the event of a delayed or lack of reaction to instant danger.
Although Volvo’s new technology can reduce injury and damage, the technology is limited since the sensors protect the front of the car and not the back.

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San Diego County Hit-and-Run Claims Bicyclist’s Life

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on July 16, 2012 - Comments off

A hit-and-run accident in San Diego County recently left one bicyclist with fatal injuries, according to an article in The Sacramento Bee.
The bicyclist, an 18-year-old man from Escondido, was riding in Rancho Santa Fe when he was struck by a truck driven by a 19-year-old student from Del Mar. The impact damaged the truck’s headlight and tire. According to investigators, the driver of the pickup truck pulled over after the accident to adjust pieces of the broken headlight and to pull strips of rubber off the damaged tire. He then drove home on what remained of the tire, leaving the severely injured bicyclist behind.
According to the Bee, prosecutors in San Diego County are proceeding on criminal charges against the truck’s driver. California’s criminal courts have the power to handle hit-and-run cases, but an additional suit can also be pursued in civil court in order to compensate an injured person or that person’s family directly after a hit-and-run accident. While the county prosecutor makes the decision to pursue a criminal case, an injured person or his or her family makes the decision whether or not to pursue a civil one.
Bicyclists have the same legal rights to use the road as motor vehicles, but their greater exposure means they are more likely to suffer serious injuries if a crash occurs. At Jurewitz Law Group, an experienced southern California bicycle accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need, so you can focus on getting well. For a free consultation, call us today at (888) 233-5020.

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Bicycle Accidents Cause Severe Head Injuries to Two in San Diego Area

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on June 20, 2012 - Comments off

Two bicyclists were sent to the hospital with severe head injuries in two separate San Diego-area bicycle accidents recently, with one of the accident victims also suffering spinal cord injuries.
The first accident involved a 54-year-old woman riding her back in Carmel Valley. She was traveling down a steep hill on El Camino Real when she lost control of the bicycle and fell. Rescue workers rushed her to a nearby hospital for treatment of the severe head injuries she suffered in the accident. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the accident and whether she was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to an article in the Del Mar Times.
The second accident left a 25-year-old man with spinal fractures, jaw damage, and a traumatic brain injury. He was riding along a driveway on Camino Santa Fe when he crashed. Medical workers said that his injuries were non-life-threatening, but the hospital to which he was taken has not issued an update on his condition. Meanwhile, investigators continue to look into the causes of his accident.
Injuries from bicycle accidents can range from bruises and scrapes to severe, even life-threatening traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. At Jurewitz Law, our dedicated San Diego bicyclist injury lawyers have the experience and resources to help you get the compensation you need for any kind of bicycle-related injury caused by another’s negligence. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (888) 233-5020.

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SDSU Students Create “Ghost Bike” In Honor of Slain Cyclist

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on April 23, 2012 - Comments off

Members of San Diego State University’s student organization The Bike Stand and fellow students recently created a “ghost bike” in memory of a bicyclist killed in a car-bicycle crash at the intersection of Collwood and Montezuma streets near campus, not far from where the fatal accident occurred.
A “ghost bike” is a bicycle painted white and chained near the area in which a bicyclist lost his or her life in an accident. Along with flowers and other markers, it serves as a memorial, as well as a visible warning to motorists to pay attention, share the road, and avoid injuring or killing another person on a bicycle.
The ghost bike honors the memory of a man killed in a bicycle accident on Montezuma earlier this month. Although the SDSU students did not know the man personally, they rallied to create a memorial because they have first-hand experience with the dangers of navigating the area on bicycle and the need to remind drivers to share the road and take care around bicyclists. Students and other area bicyclists have also begun lobbying City Hall and taking other steps to get traffic-quieting measures implementing on Montezuma and surrounding streets.
At the Jurewitz Law Group, our skilled San Diego bicycle accident attorneys have represented many injured cyclists and their families after an accident. We have the legal resources and courtroom experience to help you get the compensation you need. For a free, confidential consultation by telephone, call our office today at (888) 233-5020.

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Bicyclist Critically Injured in Sorrento Valley Car Accident

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 24, 2012 - Comments off

A 45-year-old bicyclist was struck and injured in a serious car crash that occurred on January 19, 2012, around 1 p.m. in Sorrento Valley. According to San Diego police, the bicyclist was riding to the east in a bike lane in the 6000 block of Sorrento Valley Boulevard when he was struck by a Toyota Camry traveling in the same direction.
The sedan smashed into a roadside tree and later came to rest on top of the bicyclist. Medics responding to this serious car accident immediately transported the injured victim to a nearby hospital for treatment.
From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this car collision occurred. Was the car driver distracted? Or was he speeding?
The victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Diego County car collision lawyer, who would educate them about their legal rights.
If the motorist’s negligent driving caused this car wreck, then he may be legally required to compensate the biker for the hospital, medical and treatment costs, and other related damages.
Our personal injury law office hopes that the injuries suffered by the victim heal soon and do not prove fatal.

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Bicyclist Suffers Broken Leg in Riverside DUI Crash

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 13, 2012 - Comments off

A bicyclist was gravely injured in a serious Riverside DUI car accident that occurred on January 10, 2012, around 12:30 p.m. along the 300 block of East Seventh Street in San Jacinto. According to Riverside County sheriff’s officials, the bicyclist was injured in a traffic collision by 31-year-old Timothy Christopher Jones.
The bicyclist suffered a broken leg and was immediately transported to the nearby hospital for medical treatment. Jones was arrested and booked for investigation of misdemeanor DUI.
Jones will most likely be found to have violated California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) which states that “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” Under California law, it is also illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.
The bicyclist’s family members would be well advised to confer with an experienced Riverside County DUI accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options. The victim’s family members may file a personal injury claim against the car driver to obtain compensation to cover medical, hospital and treatment cost, and other accident-related damages.
Our personal injury law office hopes that the injuries suffered by the victim heal soon and do not prove fatal.

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San Bernardino Car Crash Kills Bicyclist

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 13, 2012 - Comments off

60-year-old Bernard F. Culverson was fatally struck in a serious San Bernardino auto accident that occurred on January 9, 2012, around 5:30 a.m. west on Third Street. According to police, Culverson was riding his unlit bicycle when he crossed into the intersection with Waterman Avenue and got hit by a car being driven by 28-year-old Benito Bustos-Gonzalez.
Culverson sustained fatal internal injuries and was immediately transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, around 3:41a.m., the next day. According to police, Gonzalez entered the street on a green light and was not even licensed to drive.
From the present information, it is evident that negligent driving and irresponsible actions of the car driver led to this serious bicycle accident.
The victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Bernardino County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. The victim’s family members may file a wrongful death claim against the car driver to obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.
Our law office sends sincere condolences to victim’s family members.

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Young Boy on Bike Hit by Car in Sherman Heights

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on December 6, 2011 - Comments off

A 6-year-old bicyclist was injured in a serious car wreck that occurred on December 4, 2011, around 2:45 p.m. near 25th Street and L Street in Sherman Heights. According to the police, the car had stopped at traffic light. As the car began to move, the boy went off the sidewalk on his bike and darted in front of the car.
The boy suffered a bruised lung and abrasions and was immediately transported to Rady Children’s Hospital to receive treatment. From the present information, it is unclear what caused this major car accident that injured a young boy. Was the driver negligent? Was the boy at fault? Did the car driver fail to notice the boy and stop the vehicle in timeto prevent the collision?
The young boy’s parents should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Diego County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options. The injured boy’s parents may file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs.
Our San Diego law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the young boy do not prove life-threatening.

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2 Bicyclists Struck in Separate Car Crashes

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on November 30, 2011 - Comments off

Two cyclists, a 10-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman, are recovering from injuries they sustained after being hit by vehicles in two different auto accidents in San Diego.
The 10-year-old girl was riding eastbound on Catalina Boulevard at about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday when a 2011 Chevy van turned the corner on Wilcoz and hit her at the intersection. Despite what most people think, the young girl knows how to ride and was doing it safely. She competes in triathlons for kids and was riding in front of her dad, who was training with her. Her father barely avoided the collision.
The girl was taken to the hospital for a fractured leg and collar bone.
The 23-year-old woman sustained non-life-threatening facial fractures when a Hyundai SUV tried to pass her on the 4900 block of College Avenue, near Cresita Drive, at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The 55 year-old SUV driver was obviously in too much of a hurry to wait until it was safe to pass.
Both drivers’ negligent driving caused these bicycle accidents, and they may be held liable for the damages, including medical bills, loss of income, etc. The victims’ family should immediately seek counsel with a San Diego County bike collision attorney to learn about how to get the compensation they need to cover these expenses.

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Fatal Oxnard Truck Accident Kills Young Boy

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on November 28, 2011 - Comments off

6-year-old Anthony Martinez was killed in a tragic pickup-truck wreck that occurred on November 24, 2011, around 4:20 p.m. at the 1300 block of W. Olive Street. According to Cmdr. Tom Chronister, Martinez was riding his bike along the sidewalk, entered the street, and was struck 50-year-old Jesus Calderon Ruvalcaba.
Martinez suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. From the available information, it is unclear what led to this serious truck wreck. Was the driver speeding? If it is found that the truck driver was driving negligently or recklessly, then he might be held liable for the young boy’s death.
Meanwhile, the injured juvenile’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Ventura County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. This lawyer may also help young boy’s parents obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs.
Our personal injury law office sends sincere condolences to the young boy’s parents.

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