James E. Ballidis
Shortly before 2 a.m. this morning, a suspected drunk, distracted driver struck and injured several cyclists in Culver City. Members of a group called Midnight Ridazz, the cyclists who were hit had been waiting in the bike path that runs along Jefferson Boulevard for fellow riders to catch up to them after visiting a scenic outlook in Baldwin Hills. Eleven cyclists were transported to local hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries, one in critical condition. Police arrested the 27-year-old driver and are investigating the accident, explains a California personal injury lawyer.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies bicyclists and other cyclists, such as the riders of two-wheel nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals, as pedalcyclists. According to NHTSA’s most current accident statistics, 630 pedalcyclists were killed and 51,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2009, a decrease of 12 percent in fatalities since 2008. The majority of fatal accidents occurred in urban areas, at non-intersection locations, and between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 p.m.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the cyclists who were struck and injured by the suspected drunk, distracted driver last night.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Culver City accident.
Resources for the victims of cycling accidents, including books and articles on the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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