SAN DIEGO, California – Bicyclist Charles Raymond Gilbreth, 63, of San Diego was killed Wednesday afternoon after he was struck down by the driver of an SUV and thrown off his bicycle into a grassy berm in the 4500 block of Montezuma Road, according to a San Diego Medical Examiner’s press release.
The SUV was traveling eastbound in the same direction as Gilbreth was riding his bicycle in the bike lane when for unknown reasons the driver hit him about 2:30 p.m. Paramedics responding to the scene of the bicycle accident initiated Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), but despite their efforts Gilbreth did not survive the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene about 3:52 p.m.
San Diego Police Department officers are investigating the car accident to determine exactly how the accident was caused.
San Diego County Car Accident Statistics
There were 217 deaths and 12,998 injuries recorded in San Diego County traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic report. In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
San Diego Bicycle Accident Law Firm
Nine bicyclists were killed and 972 were injured in San Diego County bicycle collisions on roadways in 2009, the CSIT report said. Bicyclists are especially vulnerable to injury or death on our roadways. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in traffic accidents on bicycles or have lost a loved one.
If you are injured the insurance company may try to settle your claim quickly, but they do not have your best interests in mind. Some injuries may lead to long-term ailments requiring pain medication, therapy or loss of function. You may require time off work to recover from injuries completely and those costs are not likely part of the settlement they will offer you.
There is no cost to speak to our experienced legal professionals about your accident until we have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.
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