Around 2100 people die from hit-and-run accidents each year, and hit-and-Run crashes have been on the rise in the past decade climbing a staggering 62 percent from 2009. Experts can only speculate why the numbers have trended so high, but many agree that it’s in part because of an increase in distracted driving and the perceived penalty for getting caught is greater if the underlying cause of the accident was the fault of the driver.
Cyclists are especially vulnerable to a hit-an-run accident because of their low visual profile and the lack of protection that comes from riding a bike. Crash statistics also bear out that pedestrians and cyclists are far more at risk from a hit-and-run than are occupants of motor vehicles.
Cyclist Rear-Ended by Hit-and-Run Driver
On October 17, 2019, A motorist hit a 55-year-old Morro Bay cyclist on Quintana Road and then fled the scene. The cyclist was heading home from work around 7 p.m. riding up a fairly steep hill and rear-ended the bicycle sending its rider to the ground. EMS transported the victim to a local area hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition.
When a cyclist is the victim of a hit-and-run, there is an increased risk of serious injuries for two reasons. First, a cyclist is far more vulnerable than an occupant of a motor vehicle because there is no significant protection offered by the bicycle. Also, in just about every bicycle accident, the rider is ejected from the bike and hits the pavement adding another opportunity for injuries.
Second, in many accidents, the at-fault person is the one who calls for help or renders first aid to the victim. When that driver flees, then much-needed help to the victim is delayed. This can cause some injuries to become greater than they would have been, and in some cases, the cyclist dies before the delayed help arrives.
Injuries at Further Risk in a Hit-and-Run
Some injures by their nature require immediate medical attention to increase the chance of a full recovery. If help is delayed, the following injuries can be made worse:
- Traumatic Brain Injury: The quicker serious head injuries are spotted, the greater chance of a full recover.
- Deep lacerations: A victim can lose substantial amounts of blood if not given aid quickly.
- Punctured Lungs: A displaced rib can puncture a lung depriving the victim of oxygen if left unattended too long.
- Neck/Back Injuries: Broken back or neck is serious enough with delay which can reduce the potential for a full recovery.
- Heart Attack: The physical stress of an accident can cause a heart attack, and time is critical to a full recovery/.
- Pregnancy/Delivery: An accident can put a pregnant woman into labor, and the quicker the response, the more likely there will be a good outcome.
Injured? Contact a Specialist
Bay Area Bicycle Law is the only personal injury law firm in Northern California to specialize exclusively in representing injured cyclists. Years of advocacy for bicycle victims have seasoned our attorneys with the necessary skills, knowledge base and familiarity to handle bicycle accident cases with the utmost level of professional expertise.
Contact us today for a free consultation by email or by calling 415-466-8717. California cyclists who are injured by negligent drivers are entitled to a wide array of compensation. We will always offer you legal advice which is in your best interest.
Please be aware that these case results do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. Every case is different and case values turn on small facts and differences. Thus, the results achieved on one case do not necessarily mean the attorney will achieve the same result, or a similar result, even for a case which may have some similarities.