San Diego: Wrong-Way Driver Struck 20 Bicyclists, Injuring 6
Posted on Aug 13, 2014
At about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, a wrong-way driver struck a group of 20 bicyclists on Fiesta Island in San Diego, injuring 6 of the riders, reported the Los Angeles Times. The 49-year-old female driver of a Geo Prism was rounding a ‘blind curve’ while traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way road near a Boy Scout camp when she hit the cyclists. Emergency responders transported 6 people to area hospitals, one to receive treatment for broken ribs, a major vertebral fracture, and internal trauma. Paramedics treated two people at the scene. The woman, who is suspected of driving under the influence, was also hurt.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 726 of the riders of bicycles, two-wheel nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals were killed in traffic accidents and another 49,000 were injured in 2012. Rider deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities and 2 percent of injuries. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 37 percent of the crashes resulting in rider deaths.
When a driver injures others while violating traffic safety laws and acting negligently, he or she may be held liable for the expense of their recoveries through the personal injury claims process. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the 6 bicyclists who were injured in this San Diego accident.