According to a report by
Santa Cruz Sentinel, an intersection crash involving two vans left a 32-year-old male cyclist
with life-threatening injuries. The incident took place on the afternoon
of September 30.
A female driver of one of the vans was heading west on East Lake Avenue
towards Blackburn Street. As she was passing through the intersection,
a male driver of a utility van drove through a stop sign and struck the
woman’s van “with enough force that it caused the van to leave
the roadway and strike a cyclist who was riding on the north sidewalk
of East Lake Avenue,” according to a statement by a police sergeant.
The cyclist ended up trapped beneath the van. Police officials and firefighters
worked together to free him. He was taken to a Bay Area trauma center.
At the time, he was still conscious and able to answer questions.
The driver of the utility van sustained nonlife-threatening injuries and
was taken to Watsonville Community Hospital. The female driver of the
other van sustained no injuries.
Cyclists often suffer serious injuries in accidents because their exposed
bodies take the brunt of the collision. This is why motorists should practice
great caution around cyclists, who do not have barriers, seatbelts, or
airbags to protect them. If a motorist’s negligent actions led to
a bicycle-motor vehicle collision, then he or she can be held liable for
the damages the cyclist sustained.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to
compensation. The experienced northern California bicycle accident attorneys
at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help you establish a strong injury
claim case and negotiate a fair settlement with the liable party that’ll
cover your medical expenses, lost wages, bike repairs or replacement,
pain and suffering, and more. We’ll provide you with a
free case evaluation.