A 47-year-old man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident that occurred on January 20 around 12:28 a.m. in San Marcos. According to the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station, the victim was riding a bicycle in the bike lane when he was struck by an unknown vehicle travelling westbound.
The motorist crossed into the bike lane and rear-ended the bicyclist on East Mission Road. The impact of the collision caused the bicyclist to tip over the handle bars and strike his face on the curb. The injured bicyclist sustained major facial injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center for medical treatment immediately. We all send our best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery for the injured bicyclist.
Deputies said that the motorist failed to stop at the accident site and fled westbound. According to California Law, it is illegal for any motorist to leave the scene of an accident that they were involved in without giving personal information or providing aid to an injured party. Leaving the accident site carries penalties that can vary from prison time to large fines. The motorist in this case will possibly be charge with the felony hit-and-run.
Hit-and-run accidents are a serious offense in the state of California and account for nearly 10% of fatalities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), around 50,000 bicyclists suffered injuries and more than 600 died in bicycle accident crashes in the year 2009.
Bicyclists should have the assurance of riding safely on roads, especially in designated bike lanes. Unfortunately, negligent motorists will put bicyclists and pedestrians lives as risk when they violate the rights of others on the road. Any type of the impact with a vehicle can have severe consequences to a bicyclist. High speed collisions often result in a compound fracture, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and even death.
The injured bicyclist should immediately seek advice from an experienced San Marcos bicycle accident attorney to secure his future medical needs and finances.
If you have any information related to this accident, please contact the San Marcos Traffic Unit at (760) 510-5200.