Palm Desert Bicycle Accident: Bicyclist Injured In Palm Desert Car Accident By Portola Avenue and Hovley Lane
PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA (October 25, 2019) – A bicyclist was seriously injured in a car accident near the intersection of Portola Avenue and Hovley Lane.
Palm Desert police are saying that the accident took place around 7:06 a.m. One car was attempting to turn left when the driver hit the motorcyclist who was going southbound.
The bicyclist was knocked to the ground and seriously injured. Paramedics took the victim to the hospital with major injuries.
Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be contributing factors. An investigation remains ongoing at this point.
Liability In Palm Desert Bicycle Accidents
According to the People Powered Movement, “Statistics show that while the overall number of bicycle accidents in the country is declining, the number of fatal bike accidents is on the rise. In 2015, there were 45,000 reported bicycle accidents in the United States, down from 50,000 reported accidents in the prior year.” There are a number of reasons why bicycle accidents take place:
- Drivers may be fatigued
- Drivers may be intoxicated
- Drivers may be distracted
- Drivers may be speeding
Bicyclists have all of the rights of drivers. According to California Vehicle Code 21200, “A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.”
Drivers that hit bicyclists while making left turns are likely to be found at fault. According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement.” Victims of bicycle accidents are protected by a number of laws.
Any person that is injured in a bicycle accident may be able to recover damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A bicycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Car Accident
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Even if the at fault driver doesn’t have insurance you may have recourse under Prop 213. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.