As many people are aware, there have been many safety concerns regarding a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu. Bicyclists and motorists share the narrow roadway together, and there have been reports that the conditions simply are not safe. On Wednesday, a bicyclist was struck by a truck on that stretch.
The crash took place at around 5 a.m., but few details about the cause of the accident or the cyclist’s condition have been reported.
The collision took pace just east of Malibu, and the road was shut down in both directions for about two hours following th incident.
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will require motor vehicle drivers to provide more room to cyclists. The law, which will not be implemented until next fall, forces motorists to give cyclists a minimum of 3 feet of space when they pass them.
That law may go a long way in preventing tragic car bs. bicycle accidents. One of the main causes of these accidents is motorists failing to share the roads with cyclists.
When cyclists are struck by motor vehicles, their injuries are often very serious if not fatal. A person on a bike is simply no match for a motor vehicle, and motorists need to be conscious of this. They need to look out for cyclists and provide them with enough clearance to bike safely.
Those who are injured in car vs. bicycle accidents might benefit from working with a personal injury attorney in order to recover compensation for their injuries.
Source: NBC Southern California, “Bicyclist Injured in PCH Crash,” Jonathan Lloyd, Oct. 2, 2013