Wednesday, April 15, 2009

San Diego Bicyclist Struck by DUI Driver

Certainly, damage is greater when a bicycle collides with a vehicle. The bicyclist would surely sustain severe injury than the vehicle driver.

True enough, in a San Diego bicycle accident, a bicyclist was hit by a drunk motorist. The incident happened on Balboa Avenue, near Charger Boulevard and Interstate 805.

San Diego Police Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz reported that the bicyclist initially sustained serious head injuries but upon medical treatment, the injuries were downgraded to minor ones.

Jeffrey Althoff, the vehicle diver who struck the bicyclist, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In this situation, the bicyclist was at the disadvantage. While he sustained injuries, the vehicle driver did not. Clearly, the extent of injury was expected taking into account the size of the bicycle vis-à-vis the vehicle. More so, the bicyclist has only the helmet to protect himself from the impact.

This calls for the involvement of a bicycle accident lawyer to ensure liability upon Althoff. Zealous pursuit of the case would give justice to the victim.