Law enforcement officials are on the hunt for the driver of a minivan who hit a bicyclist. According to the Los Angeles Times, the bicyclist was dragged after being hit on the Zoo Drive onramp. He was dragged for more than 500 feet by the minivan. His leg had to be amputated.
Not only did he lose his leg below the knee, but the 36-year-old cyclist also suffered from a number of broken bones and some serious road rash on his back and chest, reports the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
Our Costa Mesa bicycle accident lawyers understand that it's that time of year when we see a lot of bicyclists. With our beautiful weather and with Spring Break approaching, residents and visitors are flocking to our roadways. Many of these travelers are turning to bicycles and other cost-effective ways to get around town. It is critical for motorists to be on the lookout for these travelers. They have rights to our roadways too, and those rights need to be protected.
The bicyclist was going west on Zoo Drive near the 5 Freeway just after 11:00 a.m. when the accident happened. The driver of the minivan reportedly came to a stop in the heavy traffic, made a left turn and slammed right into him. The bicyclist dropped to the ground and got wedged beneath the undercarriage of the van.
Witnesses report that it was at that point that the driver accelerated and dragged the bicyclist about 600 feet until he fell from the minivan. Authorities report that the driver never even stopped to see what happened, but instead continued his drive south on the 5 Freeway.
If you have any information regarding the accident or you may have seen the motorists involved in this crash, contact officials with the CHP by calling (626) 296-8100.
Each year, there are close to 70,000 amputations performed in the country. As it stands now, there are more than 1.5 million amputees living in the U.S. About a quarter of these injuries are a result of trauma. More than three quarters of these amputations are performed on men. About 80 percent of them happen to people who are over the age of 50, according to Net Wellness.
An amputation is a life-changing event and, in many cases, it can lead to significant lifestyle changes. We see a large number of catastrophic injuries that result in amputation. Unfortunately, many of these cases came as a result of the negligence of another person or entity.
In addition to trauma, common reasons for amputation include infection, cardiovascular disease, nerve injury, tumors and even congenital anomalies. Most commonly, we see upper limb amputations. Don't let an accident or the negligence of someone else get the best of you. If you've been involved in a traffic collision, it's your right to pursue the proper compensation to cover your injuries.
Costa Mesa Personal Injury Lawyer VINCENT HOWARD at HOWARD LAW can help. Call toll-free at 1-800-872-5925 or send us a message online.
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