Those who travel by bicycle in Costa Mesa or in other parts of Orange County need to be aware that the whole country is experiencing a bit of an epidemic of fatalities related to hit-and-run accidents. For its part, our state does not fare well in terms of hit-and-run deaths, as it ranks among the states with the highest rates of hit-and-run fatalities. On average, we see about 2.0 hit-and-run fatalities per 100,000 residents. Other states have rates as low as .19 per 100,000 residents.
A previous post on this blog discussed how many victims of bicycle accidents are minor children, which is not surprising since the bicycle is one of the best ways for Costa Mesa children under 16 or so to get around independently.
The greater Los Angeles area and Southern California in general is a great place for children to ride a bicycle, especially in the summer months when school is not in session.
A 60-year-old man is the latest victim in a rash of hit-and run-accidents involving bicyclists riding in the South Los Angeles area. The man died after being hit by two vehicles in broad daylight. One vehicle did not stop, and the other was never clearly identified.
A resident of the Los Angeles area who is involved in a significant bicycle accident is rarely if ever going to come out of the affair without significant injuries, particularly if the accident involves a collision with another vehicle.
Many people in Costa Mesa and the rest of Orange County love to ride their bicycles, even in the cooler winter months. What bike riders should understand, though, is that there are many hazards one faces when riding a bike, and one of the most serious ones is the chance that another car will hit the cyclist.
Protecting bicyclists and pedestrians is an important priority in all California communities. The end of daylight saving time brings additional dangers to both bicyclists and pedestrians. The National Traffic Safety Administration notes that drivers must adjust to low-light environments with earlier sunsets and other changes that the end of daylight saving time brings.
As more and more people enjoy bicycling, bicycle riders and their families may wonder how safe they are on the roadways. While bicycling is a relatively safe activity, Costa Mesa families might not be quite as safe as they feel when they are out on a ride.
A driver was recently booked in the Orange County Jail for felony hit-and-run following a fatal bicycle accident. The driver is believed to be responsible for killing a 41-year old bicyclist after striking him and failing to stop his vehicle. According to authorities, the 25-year old driver struck the bicyclist from behind, throwing him 50 feet forward. Authorities noted that drivers are required to make space for bicycles and bicyclists.
A recent Orange County bicycle accident left an individual seriously injured and police searching for the driver who caused the crash. The victim was severely injured when hit by a tan minivan. According to reports, the bicycle and the minivan were travelling in the same direction when the motor vehicle collided into the bicycle. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital following the accident with severe head injuries. The driver of the minivan failed to stop at the scene of the accident.