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Oceanside – 12 Year-Old Boy Hit by Truck and Killed While Riding Bike

A 12-year-old boy was riding his bike Thursday morning when he was struck by a pickup truck pulling out of a driveway at a local RV park. The driver heard a thump but continued driving until he circled back around to see what the source of the sound was. Sadly, he found the boy under his truck.

Paramedics were called in and arrived a short time later to perform CPR on the boy who was unconscious but breathing. The boy was airlifted to Tri City Hospital and died a few minutes later. No one else was hurt in the crash.

There Are Laws to Prevent This

Unfortunately, death or extreme injury is all too common when cyclists meet 2-ton vehicles on the road, and this is why we have traffic laws. So what is the law that could have protected the boy in this situation?

San Diegan Stephen Michael Clift killed in bicycle accident

Painful potholes – San Diego beware

You may think potholes are insignificant. But a small hole can put a deep cut into your pocketbook – and even take a life!

Who would’ve thought that a little hole in the ground could cause so much harm. Safety researchers are estimating that potholes will cause roughly $6.4 billion in damages to cars this year. That’s a lot of cash!

Most pothole damage goes to tires and shock absorbers, but everything from brakes to steering and even your engine can be damaged. Repairs start at $50 but go way up if your engine is involved, and can be a nasty surprise if they go unnoticed until a routine service check.

Consequently, it might be time for you to take a fresh look at potholes. They are not just the little bump in the road you thought they were.

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7 things cyclists wish drivers knew

This National Bike Month, let’s commit to keeping cyclists safe. The risks are too great not to – for cyclists and for drivers!

In honor of the National Bike Month I’d like to write again about bicycle safety, from a different perspective. I know people who use bicycles to get to work and who use them for exercise and recreation, and they all take their safety very seriously. But their precautions cannot account for the actions of others with whom they share the road.

Bike Traffic Signals

“Bike Traffic Signals”, courtesy of DDOT DC from Flickr.

The most common kinds of bicycle accidents involve another person, usually in an automobile. While fault for the accident can lie with cyclists just as easily as with drivers, drivers are often at fault. In that spirit, here are safety tips for drivers that can help keep prevent accidents and injury.

And if you’re the driver who is annoyed by cyclists in your way and slowing your commute to wherever you happen to be going, you may want to read this because keeping those cyclists on the road is important for your wellbeing as well. Read on to find out why.

Mandatory Bicycle Helmets in San Diego?

It may be a good idea but comes with consequences

If you’re a cyclist in San Diego, chances are good you’ve already heard about state senator Carol Liu’s February bill. In case you haven’t, SB 192 is a universal helmet law: if you ride a bike you have to wear a helmet, whether you’re thirteen or thirty-one. The bill also requires wearing reflective clothing at night, but it’s the helmets making people hot under the hood.

5 Advanced Bicycle Safety Tips for San Diego Cyclists

Being aware of your surroundings is the best way to stay bike safe when you’re cycling in San Diego.

Some bicycle safety tips are repeated enough that you know them by heart: wear a helmet. Have a bike light and a mirror. Wear bright or reflective clothing. Don’t use headphones. Follow the law. But the basics are just a start. Here are five advanced bicycle tips from and for lifetime cyclists when riding on our busy San Diego streets.

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San Francisco Cornerback Chris Culliver Arrested for Hit and Run Reckless Driving

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run reckless driving after he drove into a bicyclist and left the scene.

Culliver was driving a white Ford Mustang around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning when he hit a cyclist near downtown San Jose, said city police spokesman Albert Morales. Luckily, the bicyclist wasn’t seriously injured. A witness followed Culliver, 25, and had his car driven into by Culliver. The vehicle blocked the suspect’s car until police arrived to arrest him.

San Diego Hit and Run Accident Injures Bicyclist in Midway

Another victim to a San Diego hit and run accident was hospitalized with a dislocated shoulder and head injury this week.

Police in Midway say a 44-year-old bicyclist was rear ended by a silver Lexus or Mercedes Sedan (the description of the driver is not clear) while he was heading northbound on Midway Drive around 11 p.m. Witnesses on the scene say the sedan had a dark carbon fiber trim. The driver fled the scene and the victim was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive the collision.

San Diego Bike Accident Blamed on Popular Fixie Bike

Fixed-gear bicycles – or so called Fixie Bikes are a new fad in the San Diego area. They are also allegedly responsible for a recent San Diego fixie bike accident that killed a 17-year-old boy.

Fixies are modified bikes that don’t ride like your average multiple-speed bicycle. Unprepared riders can be bucked off if they don’t know how to stop. The pedals are always in motion when the bike is moving- meaning you can never stop pedaling and just coast. If a rider wants to stop the bike, his or her legs must be strong enough to stop the pedals.

Kids love them because they’re reliable, and less likely to break down.

La Mesa Bicycle Accident Involving Trolley Injures Cyclist

A bike crash in La Mesa left a cyclist with serious injuries after he was struck by a trolley, a News10.com article reports. The male bicyclist was taken to the hospital after being hit around 5:20 p.m. close to the Amaya Station. Although it is not known at this time what caused the accident, several bicyclists are injured due to motorist distraction or negligence, dangerous roadways or improper signage, and even defective auto parts that cause a vehicle to lose control and strike a cyclist. Since this particular bicycle accident involved a trolley, it is likely that investigators will examine the trolley driver’s actions in the moments leading up to the crash.

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