Authorities report that an accident involving a car and a bicycle in Puyallup in the afternoon hours of Nov. 24 left the bicyclist with devastating injuries. An ambulance transported the bicyclist to Tacoma Hospital in critical condition. There were no reports of injuries to the driver and her two passengers.
According to Puyallup police, the accident occurred on Ninth Avenue SW. A 19-year-old woman ran a stop sign and struck a 66-year-old man riding a bicycle before crashing into the wall of a business. Police allege that the driver of the car was visibly impaired and never attempted to apply the brakes of the car during the course of the accident, and they took her into custody on a charge of vehicular assault and impaired driving.
When a bicycle accident occurs due to the actions of a negligent driver, the aftermath can be devastating to the injured victim. The injured party may face extremely high medical bills and a great deal of pain and suffering. It is possible that a personal injury claim may be brought against any at-fault party to address these issues. Compensation may also be sought for such issues as lifetime care in the case of such catastrophic injuries as brain damage or spinal cord injury and reduced quality of life.
In any accident that injures a pedestrian, law enforcement will take steps to identify if the driver of any vehicle involved caused the accident by acting in a negligent manner. This may include such actions as failing to obey traffic signals, traveling at a high rate of speed or operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Source: kirotv.com, "Woman accused of vehicular assault after crash into 66-year-old cyclist", November 25, 2014