Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Child Riding a Bicycle In Critical Condition After Being Struck By SUV

January 18, 2011 - According to reports a child riding a bicycle is in critical condition after being struck by an SUV. According to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Greg McKeown the accident occurred at approximately 7:26 a.m. when the child was riding his bike to school. The child was struck by an SUV in the vicinity of Colver Drive and Portola Parkway, according to Capt. McKeown and was trapped underneath the SUV.

The rescue crew used rescue airbags to lift the vehicle and Capt. McKeown stated he was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. According to Capt. McKeown the child is in critical condition. According to Irvine Police Department Cmdr. John Hare from the preliminary investigation the child was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the accident. The child has been identified as a fifth grade student at Orchard Hills School.

Tustin Unified School District spokesman Mark Eliot stated that the injuries the child sustained in the collision with the SUV are not life threatening. According to another driver the SUV stopped at a red light and then began making a turn and the child on the bicycle came into view and rode out in front of the SUV.

According to Orchard Hills School Principal Rich Montgomery the area where the child was struck by the SUV is a heavy traffic thoroughfare. Montgomery also stated there is no crossing guard at that intersection. This was a free public service message from Ehline law firm PC.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Common Forms of Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents are quite common in all parts of United States and the statistics is no different in case of Monterey Park, California. It is said that if people driving motor vehicles are educated enough, bicycle accidents can be easily avoided. Generally, the cyclists are extremely careful while riding, but in spite of that they encounter accidents, due to the fault of motorists.

The drivers of motor vehicles are often blindsided, belligerent and reckless while driving and end up hitting the bicycles. These accidents also happen due to the swinging doors of cars. Bad road condition is another major factor leading to bicycle accidents. Bicycles often crash due to the potholes and debris present on the road.

Most common forms of bicycle accidents in Monterey Park:

  • A bicycle accident may happen when a car hits the bicycle while pulling out of a parking lot, driveway or side street on the right.
  • An accident may occur when a motorist or a passenger of the motor vehicle opens the car door to hit a running bicycle.
  • Sometimes a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk can get hit by a car while crossing the street through a cross walk. It happens when a car is making a right turn and hits the approaching bicycle.
  • Some accidents occur due to a bad pass. Suppose a bicyclist has stopped as there’s a red light with a few cars in front. Sometimes in such cases, when the green light comes, the rider passes to the right and suddenly gets hit by a car.
  • Accident may also occur when a car passes the bicycle and then tries to take a right turn obstructing the path of the bicycle.
  • Often accidents happen when a bicycle tries to pass a slow moving car and the car takes a right turn to hit it unexpectedly.
  • A car can run into a bicycle suddenly from behind causing a rear end collision.

The discussion above will educate you about the common forms of bicycle accidents in Monterey Park. If you become a victim of any such accident, you should look at the bicycle accident attorney website here. Make sure that the practitioner who is looking after your accident lawsuit has experience of dealing with similar cases. A skilled and experienced expert will help you to obtain the monetary compensation you deserve.