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Encinitas hit-and-run accident leaves bicyclist in a coma

With its warm weather and almost constant sunshine, California is a state where individuals can enjoy the outdoors year-round. This means that pedestrians and bicyclists can be present nearly every day of the year, and at any time of day. It is important that motorists recognize that these parties have the right of way, and they should be given the room they deserve on the roadway. This means ensuring that bicyclists aren't crowded, that pedestrians are yielded to at intersections and crosswalks, and that motorists follow all traffic laws.

Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, as was evidenced in a recent wreck in Encinitas that left a bicyclist with serious injuries. According to reports, the woman, who was returning home from dinner, was struck by a car while riding her bike on the North Coast Highway 101. She was immediately taken to the hospital, where she remains in a medically induced coma with serious head trauma. A piece of her skull even had to be removed to help alleviate the effects of brain swelling.

While she and her family focus on recovering from the incident, the authorities continue to search for the driver who caused the wreck, as he or she fled the scene. One couple was later questioned, but the police subsequently released them.

Victims in such serious motor vehicle accidents have a long, hard road ahead of them and may struggle to fully recover their physical capabilities, if at all, while at the same time incurring extensive medical expenses. Accident victims also suffer from lost wages while they are recovering from their injuries. In hopes of recovering these damages and finding accountability, accident victims and their family members may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the individual who caused an accident.

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