As bicycling becomes ever more popular in San Francisco, there is an ever increasing risk of serious accidents between bicycles and motor vehicles. As we have discussed in previous posts, any car accident can result in serious or fatal injuries. But when a bicycle is involved in the crash the bicyclists is at severe disadvantage in relation to the heavy steel and glass of a car or truck.
A recent bicycle accident involving a car and a bicycle highlights the risks of bicycles and motor vehicles occupaying the same space. Police are investigating an accident between a car and a bicyclist. The accident happened along San Francisco's Panhandle at 9:40 p.m. at the intersection of Lyon and Fell Streets.
The car hit the 25-year-old bicyclist, throwing him on the hood and windshield of the car, according to a law enforcement officer. The law enforcement officer, new to the Park District Station, said the accident should be a reminder that bicyclists and drivers in vehicles need to watch out for each other, especially because there is an increase in bicycling in the Panhandle area. More people are using bicycles as a form of transportation, including daily commuting.
The bicyclist was wearing a helmet. He was transported to the hospital for injuries. The law enforcement officer said the bicyclist's injuries were non-life-threatening. The person driving the car did stop and called 911. Police do not know whether the bicyclist or the car had the right of way, and are still investigating who was at fault. Police have not yet cited the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident.
Source: San Francisco Appeal, "Bicyclist Struck By Car Along Panhandle Thursday Night," Jan. 27, 2012