Teenage Bicyclist Hurt in Chico Car Crash
18-year-old Kaden DeGeorge was the bicyclist who was injured in a crash on Thursday in Chico.
The incident took place around 7:30 in the morning on Skyway at the Highway 99 onramp.
DeGeorge was making a left-hand turn from the sidewalk when he collided with a northbound Toyota.
Upon impact, the bicyclist was ejected and he suffered moderate injuries.
Paramedics rushed the rider to Enloe Medical Center for treatment. He was also not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
No injuries were reported from the driver of the Toyota.
An active investigation remains underway.
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.
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.