Saturday, January 24, 2009

TV Host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Offers Reward In Santa Monica Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

January 24, 2009 (by Otto Smyth)

According to reports Ty Pennington host of one of the popular weekly television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is offering a reward. The reward is for information leading to the arrest of a hit and run driver that seriously injured a bicyclists.

Pennington is offering a $10,000 reward for information about a hit and run accident that occurred in Santa Monica when a relative of his co-manager was struck on January 17th by a hit and run driver. The man that was struck by the vehicle is Daniel Seeck age 33, he was struck by a vehicle while riding his mountain bike in the vicinity of 20th street traveling southbound according to Santa Monica Police Department traffic investigator Chris Dawson.

According to Penningtons co-manager Bill Stankey, Seeck was critically injured, his injuries include head trauma, nine broken ribs, a punctured lung, and he is currently at UCLA Medical Center on life support. Seeck is Bill Stankey’s wife’s cousin and according to reports he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the hit and run accident.

The traffic investigator Chris Dawson stated that Seeck was knocked to the ground by the vehicle, suffering severe injuries. He and his mountain bicycle were run over by the vehicle, which then left the scene without stopping. Dawson also stated the accident occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. and according to witnesses the accident the vehicle was a dark colored sport utility vehicle. Santa Monica bicycle injury lawyers will be chomping at the bit to sue the hit and run motor vehicle operator if he or she is ever located.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Hidden Dangers Of Riding The Roads

Today many people are opting to ride a bicycle for several reasons, it might be because they are trying to find a way to exercise during their busy day or in some cases to save on the price of gasoline while it fluctuates from an affordable price per gallon to the high prices people are becoming familiar with at the pump.

What many people do not know is the hidden dangers of riding the roads in Huntington Beach or any other city. Each year there are hundreds of bicyclists injured on the roads, these injuries can include brain injuries. Even while wearing a helmet, which gives the head as much protection as possible a rider being struck by a vehicle can be seriously injured or killed.

In many cases the hidden dangers of riding the roads is that many motorists do not give the same courtesy to a bicyclist as they would another vehicle, this can become a dangerous position for the bicyclist to be in on the road. The bicyclist can be abiding every bicycle law and still be injured by a vehicle and the fact that it is thousands of pounds of metal and motor against a human with a helmet equals deadly consequences for the bicyclist.

Statistics show that each year there are hundreds of wrongful deaths and brain injuries for bicyclists on the roads, because even riding defensively does not avoid every danger on the road. There are vehicles, uneven pavement, road debris and other factors that can be a cause of a serious bicycle accident.

In Huntington Beach riding a bicycle might have some advantages like not becoming entangled in traffic as a person would in a vehicle to run a short errand, or even for exercise. The hidden danger of riding on the roads is there every time a bicyclist leaves their home to be involved in a bicycle accident where the consequences could be deadly or change the riders life forever if they sustain brain injuries.

When an accident of this nature occurs there will be medical bills and loss of work, along with other expenses. This is why an injured bicyclist needs the assistance of an experienced bicycle personal injury attorney, as well as a medical specialist.

With gas prices going back up, it is foreseeable that more of these catastrophic accidents will happen. If you are a motorist, please pay extra attention to riders.