San Diego Bicycle Accident: 42-Year-Old Man Injured In Kearny Mesa Bicycle Accident After Being Hit By Commercial Truck Pulling Out Of Parking Lot On Balboa Avenue near State Route 163
KEARNY MESA, CALIFORNIA (April 12, 2019) – A 42-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured in an accident on Thursday when he was hit by a commercial truck that was pulling out of a parking lot.
Kearny Mesa authorities are saying that the truck accident took place on Balboa Avenue near state Route 163. The bicyclist was riding eastbound on Balboa Avenue when he was hit by the big rig truck.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. He had numerous injuries including broken bones and internal trauma.
Police interviewed the 25-year-old man that was operating the truck at the time of the accident. A full investigation into the San Diego bicycle accident remains ongoing at this time.
Accidents In Parking Lots
Parking lots can be extremely dangerous places for pedestrians and bicyclists. According to the National Safety Council, nearly 500 people are killed every year in parking lots or parking garages. Another 60,000 are injured and require hospitalization. Younger drivers tend to be far more likely to be involved in accidents than older drivers. One of the main factors behind parking lot accidents is a lack of vigilance.
Drivers tend to be more complacent when traveling through a parking lot. This is due in part to the fact that people in parking lots tend to travel at lower speeds than on city streets. Texting and GPS use are common factors in parking lot accidents. Drivers should enter their destination into the GPS before taking off, but this doesn’t always happen. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous forms of liability.
Liability In Bicycle Accidents
Truck drivers are held to a very high standard when it comes to safety. There are a number of rules and regulations regarding truck companies, both at the state and federal level. For example, a truck driver should:
- Have a commercial driver’s license.
- Not have a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than 0.04.
- Have periodic inspections done on their trucks.
- Not work more than 14 hours in a 24 hour period.
According to the FMCSA, fatigue is listed as the number one factor behind fatal truck accidents. When a truck driver hits a pedestrian while pulling out of a parking lot they will typically be held at fault. There are a number of laws in place designed to help protect victims. For instance, most commercial trucks must carry at least $300,000 worth of liability coverage.
Victims of truck accidents are often left with serious and often debilitating injuries. A truck accident attorney can investigate all aspects of your case and let you know what your options are. Damages in a civil claim can include compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important that victims or their family are proactive following an accident in order to preserve their rights.
Getting Help After A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the 42-year-old bicyclist that was injured in this truck accident. It is our sincere hope that the San Diego Police Department will investigate what happened thoroughly. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. Someone could have easily been killed.
Have you or someone that you love been injured in a truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We can investigate your claim free of cost and let you know what your rights are. We take great pride in fighting on behalf of our clients to get them the medical and financial assistance that they need. Whether you just have questions about your rights or would like a free police report about your case we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.