12-Year-Old Bicyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run
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A 12-year-old bicyclist suffered minor injuries after an SUV struck her in Bermuda Dunes. The collision occurred around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the girl was riding her bicycle in the Big O Tires parking lot on Washington Street when she was hit. The vehicle, a silver SUV, then fled the scene.

Paramedics transported the 12-year-old bicyclist to John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police are still searching for the hit-and-run suspect. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the CHP at (760) 772-8911.

Caltrans Releases Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Plan

Earlier this month, Caltrans released the first draft of its bicycle and pedestrian safety plan. The proposal offers policy recommendations for cities to implement for improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Some of these recommendations are:

  1. Include more questions and content about bicycle and pedestrian safety on DMV exams.
  2. Encourage drivers to retake driver’s license exams to keep their knowledge of traffic laws fresh. Cities might consider incentives for drivers who take the initiative to improve safety, such as reducing registration fees.
  3. Prioritize road projects that improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.
  4. Update police training with a focus on risky behaviors that put pedestrians and bicyclists in danger. Such behaviors include speeding, distracted driving and failing to yield.

Do You Have Suggestions for Improving Road Safety?

Residents can view the plan from Caltrans and offer suggestions through March 10. Caltrans will finalize the recommendations in April.

“Hopefully authorities catch this hit-and-run suspect quickly. Bicyclist and pedestrian safety should be of high priority to every city throughout the Low and High Desert,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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