May 2, 2011 - San Diego, Calif. - A bicyclist who was struck by a car door suffered a head injury that was life-threatening in North Park on Monday, April 24, 10news.com has reported.
The bicyclist, a 46-year-old, was knocked down around 5 p.m. while biking east on University Avenue in the 2500 block, said Dino Delimitros, a police officer in San Diego.
A 22-year-old woman had been preparing to get out of her car when the North Park bike accident occurred. She had been parked along the street, Delimitros said.
According to statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were 99 bicycle and other cyclist fatalities in California in 2009. That's a decrease from 109 in both 2008 and 2007, 141 in 2006, and 115 in 2005.
Since bicyclists lack the protection of air bags, they are susceptible to serious injuries and death when involved in a car accident. If you have been the victim of a negligent driver, you should consult with a San Diego accident lawyer. You might be eligible to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your injuries.
You may be entitled to current and future medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and any incidental expenses related to your bicycle accident.
Occasionally, our firm will publish news stories about serious or fatal accidents in our coverage area in order to raise awareness about the types of crashes that can occur in San Diego and elsewhere in our region.
Some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents include:
- single-vehicle crashes;
- crashes involving speeding;
- crashes involving large trucks; and
- rollover accidents.
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