Bike Accident Kills 62-Year-Old Orange County Resident
A 62-year-old man was killed after he was hit by a car on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. The fatal accident occurred after the man, who was cycling south on the highway, crossed into the northbound lane, and was struck by a 2014 Honda CR-V. The driver was of the SUV remained at the scene of the accident and was not injured.
Police were called to the scene of the fatal PCH accident around 10:22 p.m. on Friday, according to Orange County police records. They found the man lying on the pavement. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The man, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the bicycle accident, died from head injuries.
Police do not suspect alcohol or drugs played a role in the bike accident. The accident is currently under investigation. The identity of the 62-year-old who was killed has not been released pending family notification
Dangers on Pacific Coast Highway
Unfortunately, accidents like this one are all-too-common in Orange County. Hundreds of people sustain serious injuries every year while riding their bikes along the highways, and too many bike accidents are fatal. Although bike riding is a great activity that helps a person stay healthy and enjoy their lives, it can also be very dangerous.
Motorcycle and bike accidents cause serious injuries that drivers involved in car accidents don’t experience, thanks to the protection of seat belts, doors, and the automobile frame. Cyclists are without airbags and other types of protection that automobiles provide. Even a minor cycling accident can cause severe, life-threatening injuries to a person who is riding their bike.
Orange County is the 2nd-worst area in California for bicycle fatalities. Hundreds of people experience injuries and accidents every single year. PCH is a common roadway of special danger to bikers, although it’s one of many dangerous highways in the city. The truth is, any highway or road is dangerous due to distracted drivers. Cellphones and mobile devices have caused a substantial increase in accidents over the last decade. Orange County has averaged 16 cyclist deaths per year over the past five years. If you or a loved one has been involved in a cycling accident, you need the help offered by a motorcycle accident lawyer. A motorcycle accident lawyer is familiar with car insurance policies which in most cases provide coverage for bikers and cyclists that are injured by an automobile. With the help of a lawyer, there is justice after an accident, something that may not otherwise happen.
Cyclists have the same rights to use the roadways just as people driving automobiles. Sadly, many people who operate automobiles feel differently and do not provide cyclists with the same rights. They want to take up all of the roads or feel they’re more eligible to use the road than cyclists. Many people rush to their destinations and find cyclists a bothersome, time-consuming part of the day. This often times leads to a car accident that causes serious injuries for the person riding their bicycles.
Consult an Orange County Personal Injury Attorney
Bike accident injury victims face the need for medical treatment that may last for weeks, months or longer. They may be unable to work and left to cope with a variety of emotional triumphs. Any type of personal injury accident can turn your life upside down. Lawyers ensure victims get justice. If you have been injured in a cycling accident, contact Chudleigh Law P.C. for a free case evaluation.
Disclaimer: As the result of secondary sources used to complete this post, Chudleigh Law P.C. has not independently verified all facts. If you read something that in inaccurate please contact us and we will correct the inaccuracy. As members of the Orange County and the broader Southern California community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover events in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims, and raise awareness to increase the safety of all drivers in Orange County, CA. However, this information should not be construed as legal advice.