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10-Year-Old Riding a Bicycle, is Hit by a Vehicle in North Highlands

Bicycle Accident, North Highlands, CA

10-Year-Old Boy is Injured, while Riding a Bicycle, following a Collision with a Vehicle at the Intersection of Bobbie Jo Court and Mary Kate Drive

North Highlands, CA -A 10-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in North Highlands. The boy sustained minor to moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment after the accident at the intersection of Bobbie Jo Court and Mary Kate Drive.

The Incident

On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at approximately 6:40 p.m., emergency responders from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department were dispatched to the intersection of Bobbie Jo Court and Mary Kate Drive in North Highlands, Sacramento County, following reports of a vehicle versus bicycle collision.

Upon arrival, the responders found a 10-year-old boy who had been struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. He sustained minor to moderate injuries and was promptly transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities.

While specific details about the circumstances leading to the collision remain under investigation, preliminary reports suggest that the vehicle struck the juvenile pedestrian in unclear circumstances. Authorities have not yet released further information regarding the exact cause of the crash, but the Sacramento Metro Fire Department confirmed that the child is expected to recover.

Legal Implications 

California has strict traffic laws designed to protect vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. California Vehicle Code Section 21950 mandates that drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing at marked crosswalks or intersections. Likewise, California Vehicle Code Section 21200 grants cyclists the same rights as other vehicles, obligating drivers to treat them with caution and care. In this tragic accident involving a 10-year-old boy, the driver may face liability if found negligent in upholding these legal obligations.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic collisions involving child pedestrians and cyclists result in over 6,000 injuries annually. In Sacramento County alone, 366 bicycle crashes leading to injuries or fatalities were reported in 2022. This data highlights the importance of drivers exercising extreme caution, particularly in residential areas where children frequently ride bicycles.

The principle of comparative negligence in California means that even if the injured boy is found partially at fault for the collision, he can still pursue compensation. However, the percentage of fault assigned to him will proportionally reduce the compensation amount. The Sacramento Metro Fire Department and local authorities are continuing their investigation to determine the exact circumstances leading to the collision.

Accidents involving child cyclists underscore the importance of diligent driving and strict adherence to traffic laws. In this case, the 10-year-old boy sustained injuries due to circumstances still under investigation. Such incidents highlight the need for families to seek professional legal assistance to navigate the complexities of personal injury claims, ensure justice, and receive rightful compensation.

With over 50 years of experience and more than $1 billion recovered for injured clients, the Scranton Law Firm has a proven record of providing compassionate, effective representation. Our personal injury attorneys are well-versed in handling bicycle accident cases, ensuring that victims receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident or similar incident, contact the Scranton Law Firm today for a free consultation. Our bicycle accident lawyers will fight for your rights and guide you through every step of the legal process. Call us now to explore your legal options and secure the compensation you deserve.

FAQs

  1. What should I do immediately after a bicycle accident involving a child?
    Seek medical attention immediately for any injuries sustained. Report the accident to the police, document the scene, collect witness information, and contact a personal injury attorney to guide you through the legal process.

  2. What are my legal rights if my child was injured in a bicycle accident?
    If your child was injured due to another party’s negligence, you can pursue compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages through a personal injury claim.

  3. How is fault determined in bicycle accidents involving children in California?
    California follows the comparative negligence law. Fault is determined based on the circumstances of the accident, police reports, witness statements, and other evidence. Even if the child shares some responsibility, they can still receive compensation, reduced by their percentage of fault.

  4. What damages can I recover in a bicycle accident claim?
    You can recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, future medical needs, and any long-term disability resulting from the accident.

  5. How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in California?
    In California, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident. It’s essential to consult with an attorney promptly to ensure all legal deadlines are met.

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