As Elk Grove has matured as a city we’ve seen an ever increasing number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents on our streets and roadways. One of the best things about living and working in Elk Grove is that people have so many choices when it comes to how they get to work. Recently, an Elk Grove woman was injured when she was riding in a bicycle lane. She was hit by a passing car while she rode. The cyclist was a regular rider and was quite familiar with the road she was riding on. The police report noted that she was committed to her own safety and was careful about making sure she had on reflective gear that drivers should be able to see. Despite all her efforts to be safe on the road she was severely injured riding her bicycle.
The driver that allegedly struck her while she traveled in the designated bicycle lane, has been cooperating with authorities on this bicycle accident. This is important to emphasize, as these days we have seen a major rise in hit and run accidents involving all sorts of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. The rise in both pedestrian and bicycle accidents has been so startling that it is making national news. Unfortunately, the fact that a driver actually obeys California law and stops after an accident is becoming notable. California Motor Vehicle Code section 20001 makes it mandatory for drivers to stop at the scene of a crash when there is injury involved.
This section of the California Motor Vehicle Code incorporates requirements for drivers involved in an accident that causes serious injury or death. Failure to immediately stop in such an accident, is considered fleeing the scene of a crime in violation of California Penal Code sections 191.5 and 192. Many states have provisions like these and California is no different. Once stopped at the scene, Motor Vehicle Code section 20003, requires that drivers involved in such accidents provide information about their identity and their vehicle registration to other drivers and to authorities. Many people might not realize that is also the driver’s duty to provide what is deemed reasonable assistance in securing transportation for medical treatment. This can include calling 911 for medical support and transporting the injured person if that person requests transportation to a hospital or doctor.
If you or a loved one has been seriously or fatally injured in a motor vehicle, bicycle or other accident, it is important to get help as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are preserved. This can be a traumatic time for all concerned and it is helpful to rely on others when you might be overwhelmed. The Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth offers a free consultation and we will explain your rights and responsibilities under the law. Our experienced lawyers will assess your potential case and explain how we can protect your right. The first step in getting the help you need to protect your rights to medical support and possible money damages from those responsible is to call us at 888-809-1075 or by visiting We Can Help!