San Diego News 6 reported that a bicycle rider was seriously injured when he was hit by a motorcyclist on March 20, 2011. The bike accident happened around 12:30 a.m. on the 200 block of 31st Street when the cyclist rode into the path of the motorcycle according to officer David Stafford of the San Diego Police Department. The bicycle rider is thought to have sustained a broken pelvis. The unnamed motorcyclist fled the scene of the accident after leaving his passenger there. The motorcycle rider was subsequently arrested by police at his home on suspicion of felony drunk driving and hit and run. The bicycle rider had also been drinking, according to Stafford, but was not charged.
Applicable California Law
The motorcyclist will face criminal charges for felony hit and run as well as DUI (see my prior Blog post on California DUI Law and California Hit and Run Law). In addition, the bicyclist rider will have claims for any damage to his bicycle and his personal injuries. This would include medical expenses, lost earnings and earning capacity, and compensation for pain and suffering. However, if it is determined that his drinking, or his driving contributed to causing his injuries, any claims will be reduced accordingly. If the motorcyclist was in fact driving under the influence at the time of the accident he could be subject to punitive damages (see my prior Blog post on California Punitive Damage Law).
Weekend partying often leads to people drinking and driving. Serious injuries resulting from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, or bicycle accidents can be devastating. Before taking any action talk to an experienced Personal Injury Attorney.