A recent bike safety article provided by the Bay Citizen for the New York Times reviewed the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Brandon Sorenson, a 13-year-old Alameda boy would was killed last month while riding his bike. While Brandon was in an intersection, he was struck by an S.U.V. and later died at a nearby intersection.
While the accident is still under investigation, the incident brings to light a startling statistic – Bay Area bicyclists aged 10 to 19 are at the highest risk for suffering injuries in a bike collision. Half of the accidents involved boys ages 12 to 16.
If you or a child has been injured in a bike accident, it is important to speak to an experienced bike accident lawyerimmediately to begin investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and preserve your right to seek compensation.
Based on California highway patrol data, 434 San Jose teenagers were involved in bike collisions with cars, the most of any Bay Area City. Oakland was second with 193 bike accidents. Although in some instances accidents may be the fault of the bicyclist, in many others the driver is to blame. Figuring out just what happened is crucial to determining fault.
Police officers urge early education about traffic laws and safety to lessen the number of accidents.
As a Stockton personal injury lawyer and bicycle advocate, I am hopeful that wit increased awareness drivers and bicyclists will learn to share the road, resulting in fewer injuries and collisions. For more information or if you or a loved one has been harmed in a bicycle accident, please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.