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9-YEAR-OLD BOY ON BICYCLE HIT BY VEHICLE

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A boy in nearby El Cajon was hit by a driver while he was riding his bike the other day. While he was lying unconscious in the street, the driver was fleeing the scene.

The accident happened early in the morning. By the time officers got to the boy, they found he was suffering from serious head injuries. Witnesses say that the motorist ran a red light and drove directly into the boy's path.

Imagine what this boy's family is going through. The last thing anyone expected that morning was for something like this to happen. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are common and the injuries can be devastating. All too often, a driver's negligence on the roadway causes bicyclists to sustain major injuries.

If you need a bicycle accident attorney in El Centro, you can count on Hiden, Rott & Oertle , LLP. Their knowledgeable and experienced team will work with you to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses.

THE NUMBERS

Riding a bike is something so many people in and around El Centro do. The weather is so wonderful all year around that biking can be a great way to get around.

In the latest reporting year for California, there were nearly 12,000 bicycle accident injuries and 147 bicycle accident deaths. Closer to home, El Centro saw 531 bicycle accident victims who were either injured or killed.

The bottom line is this - bicyclists do not have the same protections that passengers in vehicles do. There is no metal frame surrounding them and no airbag to cushion an impact. A bicyclist takes the full force of a vehicle and then the force of the ground.

Major injuries are often the outcome of a bicycle accident. From spinal cord injuries and head trauma to musculoskeletal damage and internal injuries, you may need extensive rehabilitation to heal. Often victims of bicycle accidents end up permanently disabled, unable to live their lives the same again.

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BICYCLE ACCIDENTS?

One of the main reasons revolves around driver carelessness and negligence. Many times, drivers fail to notice when a bicyclist has the right of way and barrel right through, striking them as they are trying to cross an intersection.

Other times, a driver is too distracted to notice a cyclist who is on or near the roadway. Distracted driving, like impaired driving, is dangerous for everyone, particularly those who love to ride bicycles.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a bicycle accident and you believe it was due to someone else's negligence, you need to seek legal assistance. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle , LLP, our team will work with you to investigate your case so you can secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. We know that medical bills can pile up quickly and if you have to miss work, you will lose valuable income. When you need El Centro bicycle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling 619-296-5884.

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