Vehicle Struck a 7-Year-Old Girl On a Bicycle on October 11th in Santa Maria
The accident reportedly took place around 7:30 a.m. in the area of South Pine and West Jones streets.
Police reports stated that the girl was heading northbound at the intersection when an eastbound vehicle struck her.
Paramedics responded and transported the girl to the Marian Regional Medical Center in an unknown condition.
The involved driver stopped and was fully cooperative with authorities at the scene.
In addition, neither alcohol or drugs were considered a factor in the crash.
Investigators from the Santa Maria Police Traffic Bureau are actively working to determine what may have caused the collision.
Similar to motorcyclists, bicyclists are just as vulnerable on the roads. According to the NHTSA, 30% of bicycle accident injuries occur when hit by a vehicle. In addition, these injuries are often the result of the driver not paying attention.
Another issue that factors into bicycle and vehicle accidents is the fact that both parties are not fully aware of their rights/responsibilities on the road. Who has the right of way? Drivers are also not always knowledgeable of when to yield. When a driver fails to yield, more of these accidents are likely to occur.
Other things that factor into these accidents are road conditions and driving at night. Majority of bicycle and vehicle accidents are likely to happen when it is dark outside.
Because of the various dangers bicyclists face on the road, it is important that they possess all protection equipment.
If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.