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Bicycle accident causes major injuries

A 43-year old man, out for an evening ride on his bicycle, was injured when a vehicle making a left-hand turn in front of him struck him. He was transported to a nearby hospital with two broken legs.

California law requires bicyclists to follow the same rules as other drivers. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21801(a), "The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching form the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety."

The accident is under investigation but officials do not believe alcohol or drugs played a part in the collision. They are attempting to find out if the driver was distracted or just negligent. If the driver is found to be at-fault, he or she can be held liable for the bicyclist's injuries and expenses.

It would be a good idea for the victim to consult with an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney to make sure his interests and rights are protected.

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