Shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday, November 19, a vehicle struck and injured a teenage cyclist in Santa Maria. While traveling in the 600 block of North Oakley Street in a 1990 Honda Accord, 20-year-old Jessica Arteaga collided with the 15-year-old bicyclist. Emergency responders transported him to an area airport, where he was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital to receive treatment for head injuries. Authorities determined that Arteaga was driving without a license and are investigating the collision.
“When a cyclist is injured in a collision for which he or she was not at-fault, the cyclist may pursue a personal injury claim in order to obtain compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Throughout Santa Barbara County, traffic collisions claimed the life of 1 bicyclist and injured another 220 in 2010, with no fatalities and 19 injuries recorded in Santa Maria, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Santa Maria ranked 68th out of 103 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents involving cyclists; 1st place is the worst ranking a city may receive from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the teenage cyclist who was struck and injured by the vehicle.
SantaMariaTimes.com originally reported this accident.
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