A cyclist went out for a ride on Wednesday night, December 21st only to be struck by a car and to suffer personal injuries at about 8:19pm at 17th and Valencia in San Francisco. The injuries were serious enough to necessitate a visit to the hospital.
Fortunately, the cyclist was conscious and talking as police blocked 17th Street to traffic to allow emergency crews to respond. According to the police a four-door Toyota sedan with front-end damage was stopped near the scene of the bicycle accident.
As a San Francisco Bicycle Attorney my mind always goes to the question of who was at fault for the collision? Was the car driver at fault for failing to keep a proper lookout or was the cyclist not paying attention? Was the cyclist not properly dressed with glow-in-the-dark clothing? Did the cyclist have proper lighting? These questions will all have to be addressed in order to assure the appropriate parties are held accountable.
About the author: Claude Wyle is an aggressive advocate for San Francisco Bay Area bicyclists. Claude has decades of experience representing those harmed by the wrongful conduct of others, and, as a San Francisco bicycle accident attorney, has fought to protect the rights of injured cyclists throughout his legal career. Claude is also an avid cyclist himself and member of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and is a sponsor of Safe Routes to School.He is also a member and lecturer of EDD, a group dedicated to End Distracted Driving.