A 39-year-old Camarillo bicyclist was hit by a sport utility vehicle while riding on Lewis Road in Camarillo Tuesday night, the Ventura County Star reports.
Mario Tamayo was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, where he later passed away from his injuries. Authorities say Tamayo, who was wearing dark clothing, did not have lights on his bicycle and was not wearing a helmet while riding on a busy street after dark. Because of these factors, the driver, Michael Brigmac, did not see Tamayo until he collided with him. From the article, it is unclear as to whether there are bicycle lanes on the road where Tamayo was riding.
This incident highlights the importance of bicycle safety, especially in the winter months when the sun sets early at around 5:30 pm. If you routinely use a bicycle as a means of transportation, please take precaution and where a helmet wherever you are riding. Additionally, if you must ride at night, please purchase a bike light to protect yourself and alert drivers on the road.
If you have been injured while biking and believe a driver may be at fault, please contact skilled bicycle accident attorneys immediately for a free consultation to assess your situation and legal options.
A four year old girl was killed and her father injured in San Diego this weekend when her father, who was riding a bicycle with his daughter strapped onto the back in a child seat, was struck by a Chula Vista trolley. The toddler, identified as Veronica Ramirez, was not wearing a helmet. By law, bicycle riders under 18 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet while riding on a public road (VC §21212).
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 124 deaths and 10,590 injuries to bicyclists throughout California.
In this incident, the father attempted to steer around the trolley gates after they had lowered and the signals had been activated. Not only did this action put Veronica in danger, but allowing her to ride without a bicycle helmet also endangered this young girl.
Many similar tragic bicycle accidents can be prevented by taking precautions such as wearing a helmet or other protective gear when biking. Following traffic signals is another important step in ensuring bicycle safety. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, bicycle riders on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers and are subject to the same rules and regulations as any other vehicle on the road.
Based on the newspaper report, many of the facts of the accident remain unclear. Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand has the experience and skills necessary to investigate and pursue a case such as this and determine if the City of Chula Vista may be held liable for the incident. Factors such as visibility and road maintenance may explain how this tragedy took place. At Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand, we examine all the facts surrounding an incident, so that no one is left without answers. We will fight hard and leave no stone unturned in pursuing a successful claim.