Volkswagen Clips Bicyclist in Accident on Cabrillo Highway 1
APTOS, Calif. (May 7, 2018) – A bicyclist suffered minor injuries Monday morning in a car crash on State Park Drive north on ramp, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol.
The collision took place about 8:57 a.m. between the bicyclist and a silver Volkswagen Golf sedan. The cyclist told CHP officers that the Volkswagen clipped them with the vehicle’s side mirror. Paramedics responded to treat the injured rider who suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Police called a towing company to remove the vehicle from the scene.
SANTA CRUZ ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Two of the 20 people who died in Santa Cruz County traffic accident in 2014 were bicyclists, according to statistics compiled in the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. Some 197 other bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents in the county that year, the latest statistics available. Overall there were 1,194 injured in collisions throughout the county.
Based on the information provided in this report, it appears that the driver may be held responsible for the injuries to this bicyclist. Under California law, motorists are required to leave a 3-foot cushion or space as they pass bicyclists or other pedestrians in the roadway. If the vehicle’s side mirror struck the bicyclist, it’s possible that the motorist didn’t provide enough space or the cyclist veered into traffic. The investigation into what happened and who is responsible is underway.
If the driver is at fault, the bicyclist will have grounds to file a civil lawsuit or claim to recover damages including medical expenses, property damage and compensation for pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact our Santa Cruz County personal injury lawyers to request a free consultation with an attorney. Contact us today at 855-703-4186.