Isaac Cory Buchanan was struck by a vehicle while riding his skateboard around 4:30 p.m. October 29, 2012. The 20 year old Rancho Cucamonga resident was going south on Palm Drive when he entered the intersection on 19th street and was hit by a westbound motorist. The driver stopped and called 911. The skateboarder was sent to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton to treat for major head injuries, while the driver was taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana due to complaint of chest pain.
This is a tragic accident and hope that all involved quickly recover without complications. Accidents such as this one are generally preventable, and yet, when they occur they result in serious injuries. According to the details of this reported accident, there is some indication that the skateboarder entered the intersection without stopping. This does not necessarily put the skateboarder at fault for this accident. There are many circumstances which may have been involved in this car vs. skateboard accident which may result in an allocation of liability between the driver and rider. In California, unlike some other States, California uses a pure comparative liability analysis. In other words, even if a person is partially responsible for their own accident, but not fully responsible for the injuries, the law allows an apportionment of liability to be used to determine the amount of damages someone is entitled to from the others who were also responsible for the accident.
For both drivers, skateboarders and cyclists, focusing first on safety often will result in an enjoyable outing and a safe return home. For those who have tried to be safe in riding their boards or bikes, but have been struck by a negligent driver, they need to discuss their case with a personal injury attorney who can address the specific needs for medical car and monetary recovery. The Inland Empire Law Group is a personal injury law firm with the experience and dedication in helping injury victims secure proper financial recovery from the negligence of others.