In areas like school zones, the first thought that comes to peoples' minds is safety of the school children. However, children are just one group that are likely to be affected in an accident involving a school zone or a school bus-anyone can be on the other side of a potential accident.
Recently, an 82-year-old man was seriously injured by a school bus while riding a bicycle. He was cycling through a major intersection in the early afternoon when the accident occurred, and was taken to a hospital. His current condition is unknown. None of the students on the bus were injured.
Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries for cyclists of any age, but elderly cyclists may be at increased risk of injury due to their advanced age. Even when a bicyclist uses protective gear, such as a helmet, the overall bodily exposure leaves them vulnerable.
Liability for injury in a bicycle accident involving a car follows the laws of negligence. Both cars and bicycles must follow the rules of the road, and a failure to do so can constitute negligence. For the driver of a car, this could be in the form of speeding or not yielding to traffic signals. For a bicyclist, actions such as running a stop sign or riding the wrong way down a street can constitute negligence.
In this instance, because the accident involved a school bus with at least one student riding, a state law requires that the California Highway Patrol conduct the investigation, even though this was technically a San Jose car accident. Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the accident, including looking at what direction each party was traveling.
Source: mercurynews.com, "San Jose: Elderly bicyclist hurt in accident with school bus," Eric Kurhi, May 24, 2013
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