Cyclist Safety in San Diego and Across the Central Coast
Cyclist safety needs to be a top priority in San Diego and across the Central Coast. We’re constantly reporting on pedestrians and cyclists who get struck by cars. Many times, these unprotected cyclists and pedestrians are devastatingly or fatally injured. While there are certainly plenty of ways for cyclists to improve their personal safety, helmets and reflective gear can only do so much when drivers aren’t sharing the road. Distracted driving, impaired driving and other irresponsible behaviors behind the wheel make California roadways dangerous for all commuters.
Bicycle Crash Facts
• In 2011, 677 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
• An additional 48,000 cyclists were injured in 2011.
• In 2010, 623 cyclists were killed in crashes.
• In 2011, 30 percent of cyclist fatalities occurred between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:59 p.m.
• Bicycle trips only make up about one percent of all trips taken in the U.S., but cyclist deaths account for two percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities.
Preventing Bicycle-Related Injuries and Death
Two of the best ways to improve your own personal safety while riding a bicycle is by wearing a helmet and improving your visibility. Flashing lights, reflective decals and fluorescent clothing are all great items for improving visibility. Ultimately, the burden of keeping cyclists and pedestrians safe falls on motorists. A cyclist doesn’t have much of a chance against a 4,000 pound automobile travelling at 45, 25 or even just 15 miles per hour. Drivers need to put down the distractions, pay attention to the road and look out for cyclists, motorcycle riders, other automobile drivers, pedestrians and scooter riders.
After a Bicycle Accident
After any kind of car versus bicycle accident, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can get the ball rolling on your case and stay on top of official investigative developments. Since it’s not uncommon for drivers to report “not seeing” the cyclist before the wreck, it may be necessary to determine if the driver could have been distracted behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been struck by a car while riding a bicycle, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1-877-231-9970 for a free consultation today.
Two-Car Crash on Mission Street
On Thursday evening, a crash in Santa Barbara sent two people to the hospital. The wreck happened at the intersection of Mission and Bath Streets. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, a sedan apparently broadsided an SUV at about 5:30 p.m. The SUV flipped over onto its roof in the middle of the roadway. A couple and a young child were inside of the SUV. One passenger from the SUV was transported to the hospital. There is no word on whether or not the child was injured.
The driver of the sedan was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of injuries. Traffic was backed up as crews worked the scene during the evening rush hour. As of Thursday night, the crash was still under investigation. There is no word on the current conditions of the victims involved or the extent of their injuries.
Cyclist Fatally Struck by Cement Truck in San Marcos
On Thursday morning, a cement-mixing truck fatally struck a cyclist in San Marcos. The incident happened at the intersection of Grand Avenue and South Las Posas Road. The collision, which occurred near Palomar College, happened at about 9:30 a.m. According to Fox Five News, the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
Very little information has been released about this crash, which is likely still under investigation. Fox Five News also reported that it wasn’t clear who had the right-of-way at the time of the crash. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the victim.
A head-on crash in Northern California involving a bus filled with high school students and a FedEx truck has sadly resulted in the death of 10 people, including the two drivers. Investigators say the FedEx truck crossed the grass median on I-5 in Orland, which resulted in a head-on crash with the tour bus.
According to KSBY, 10 people were killed and 35 others hospitalized. The company who owns the tour bus, Silverado Stages, Inc., is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, so this tragedy hits especially close to home for those of us who live and work on the Central Coast.
Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. Sponsors a Relay for Life Team
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. is proud to announce their sponsorship of a team at the upcoming Oceanside Relay for Life event. We’re showing our support for the San Diego Spine and Rehab team as they work toward their fundraising goal to make a difference in the fight against cancer. If you’re not familiar with Relay for Life, it’s a fantastic fundraising event for community members to get involved with.
What is Relay for Life?
A Relay for Life event fundraises for cancer research and shows support for cancer survivors and community members who are currently fighting cancer. This 24-hour-walk-a-thon symbolizes the fact that cancer never sleeps. Participants will put together a team, raise money and participate in this 24-hour event which includes special events and laps to honor cancer survivors, caregivers, those who are currently battling cancer, and lost loved ones. If they want, participants can also run laps. At least one participant of each team is asked to be on the track at all times.
It’s not too late to put together a team, join an existing team or contribute to the fundraising efforts. Not only is Relay for Life a great fundraising event, it’s also an amazing way to bond with fellow community members and show your support for cancer research and those who are currently fighting the battle against cancer.
The Relay for Life of Oceanside event is being held at MiraCosta College on April 26th. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Survivors Lap will kick things off at 9:30a.m. Cancer survivors are invited to take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer. At 8:00 p.m., there will be a Luminaria Ceremony in remembrance of lost loved ones and in support of those who are currently fighting cancer. The event will conclude with the Fight Back Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively on the following day.
Event Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Event Time: 10:00 a.m.
Event Location: MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA
More information and event details can be found here.
Hit-and-Run Investigation in Lompoc
Investigators with the Lompoc Police Department are trying to locate a hit-and-run driver who sent a woman to the hospital on Sunday morning. The woman was found on the 900 block of North H Street just after 6:00 a.m. First responders were able to stabilize her at the scene, but she was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of severe injuries.
As of Monday, Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk reported that she was in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. Very few details have been released, as investigators are still trying to put together exactly what happened. Detectives with the Lompoc Police Department are asking anybody with information about this terrible hit-and-run crash to call 805-736-2341.
Fatal Mission Valley Crash
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a multi-car crash took the life of one person in Mission Valley. At least three other people were injured in this crash that happened at about 1:40 a.m. According to NBC Channel Seven News, multiple vehicles collided in an eastbound lane of Interstate 8 near Taylor Street.
Debris was littered across the roadway, and one SUV was overturned. The Taylor Street on-ramp and a portion of I-8 had to be closed while crews worked the scene. There is no word on how this crash happened or whether or not alcohol could have been a factor. Additionally, there is no information on the extent of injuries or current conditions of the surviving victims.
Rear Visibility Technology Rule Finalized
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the final rule for rear visibility technology. The NHTSA announced that by May of 2018, all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds will be required to have rear visibility technology. Requiring this technology in new cars and trucks will hopefully put an end to preventable backover crashes in California and across the U.S.
Preventing Fatal and Injury-Causing Backover Incidents
Since backover crashes are responsible for over 200 preventable deaths each year, the requirement of this technology is great news. There are a variety of new cars, buses, trucks, vans and SUV’s on the market that already have this great technology. Unfortunately at this time, it’s an optional upgrade, rather than a requirement on all new base models. This rear visibility technology allows a driver to see what is directly behind him or her before and during the process of backing up. The NHTSA is hoping to eliminate preventable backover incidents, which often time involve small children and the elderly.
Backover Crashes: Just the Facts
• Backover crashes are responsible for 210 fatalities each year.
• Every year, 15,000 injuries are attributed to backover crashes.
• Small children, under the age of five, account for 31 percent of all backover fatalities each year.
• Senior adults, age 70 years old and older, account or 26 percent of backover fatalities.
New Cars and Trucks in May of 2018
As of May 1, 2018, all new cars, buses, trucks, vans and SUV’s, weighing less than 10,000 pounds, will come equipped with rear visibility technology. This technology will expand the field of view for drivers and detect areas behind a motor vehicle. The rule will require technology to provide the driver with a field of view of at least a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. Additionally, there are also a variety of requirements including image size, linger time, response time, durability and deactivation. For concerned drivers who may or may not have rear visibility technology in their cars already, the NHTSA offers a variety of tips for “Keeping Kids Safe Inside and Out” of the car.
Rollover Crash in Santa Barbara
On Wednesday night, a rollover crash happened on Highway 154 near Santa Barbara. At around 7:15 p.m., a Ford Explorer left the roadway and rolled down an embankment near San Antonio Creek Road. Three women, who were wearing their seatbelts, were able to walk away from the crash.
First responders were swiftly on the scene of the wreck. According to KEYT News Channel Three, the women had to climb up a 200-foot embankment to get back up to the roadway. Very little information on this one-car crash has been released. Firefighters with Santa Barbara County did report that the seatbelts helped to save these three lives. There is no word on what caused the Ford Explorer to roll off the embankment.
Four-Car Crash in San Diego
On Thursday morning, a multi-car crash sent at least one person to the hospital. The wreck happened on State Route 52 sometime before 8:30 a.m. According to CBS News Channel Eight, the four-car crash happened on westbound SR-52 at the 125. At this time, the exact details of this wreck are still unclear.
The roadway had to be closed down for almost an hour while crews worked the scene. Very little information has been released on this wreck. There is no word on the official cause of this crash which is still under investigation. Additionally, there is no information on the victim’s current condition or the extent of injuries involved.
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