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Bicycle rider's leg amputated after accident

A Los Angeles bicycle rider was injured so badly in an accident that his leg had to be amputated. It appears that he was struck by a minivan and then dragged for close to 600 feet. The accident occurred at 11:35 on a Sunday morning.

The bicycle rider was said to have been driving west on Zoo Drive when the minivan driver made a sudden left turn and struck the bicycle. Witnesses state that the driver of the minivan never brought his vehicle to the stop, and that the minivan continued driving down the road after the victim finally became dislodged from the undercarriage of the vehicle.

In addition to the left leg being amputated below the knee, the bicycle rider also suffered broken bones and serious road rash to both the chest and back. The bicycle rider's injuries may have been exacerbated when the driver began accelerating after striking the bicycle - probably in an attempt to flee the scene.

The police were continuing to attempt to locate the driver of the minivan. As in so many accidents of this type, it is entirely possible that the driver will never be found.

It's unfortunate that drivers like this are actually operating motor vehicles upon the road. Whether they are or are not responsible for the injuries that occurred, they nevertheless are willing to drive away from the scene of the accident rather than face any trouble by stopping and helping the injured victim out.

If you are injured in a bicycle accident, personal injury attorneys can assist in getting you the money needed to cover medical expenses and other services. In the case of hit and run accidents, the attorneys can sometimes even locate the driver involved in the accident and at least hold them accountable for what occurred.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Cyclist's leg amputated after crash with minivan near Griffith Park," Feb. 24, 2013

Our Long Beach lawyers will represent individuals injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

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