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SAN DIEGO: 23-Year-Old Motorcyclist Injured In Garbage Truck Accident Near Famosa Slough By West Point Loma Boulevard


Aug 13, 2019

San Diego Garbage Truck Accident: 23-Year-Old Motorcyclist On Harley Davidson Injured In San Diego Trash Truck Accident Near Famosa Slough By West Point Loma Boulevard

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (August 13, 2019) – A 23-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in a garbage truck accident near Famosa Slough along West Point Loma Boulevard  in Point Loma Heights.  

San Diego police are saying that the garbage truck accident took place around 2:00 p.m. as the Harley Davidson motorcycle rider was trying to pass. For reasons that remain under investigation, the front end of the garbage truck clipped the motorcycle. 

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. He sustained a compound leg fracture as well as other injuries. The driver of the trash truck involved in the accident remained at the scene. 

San Diego officials are asking anyone that may have seen what happened by West Point Loma Boulevard to reach out to them.

Liability In Garbage Truck Accidents

It has been estimated that there are over 120,000 truck accident crashes that take place every year. This results in over 5,000 fatalities and tens of thousands of serious injuries. The FMCSA has listed a number of potential causes of trash truck accidents including:

  • Brake problems
  • Roadway problems 
  • Speeding 
  • Fatigue 
  • Prescription drug use

Private garbage trucks, in particular, can be especially dangerous. According to one study by ProPublica, private garbage truck companies have been more likely to work drivers to exhaustion and encourage speeding. A number of drivers work 10 – 14 hour days 6 days a week.Even when a driver is fully rested, garbage trucks can be very difficult to operate. 

As you can see in the image above garbage trucks have unusually large blind spots on their sides. A motorcyclist or even a car could completely disappear. A good trash truck driver should check their blinds spots, but this does not always happen. Accordingly, a number of collisions take place as drivers are trying to pass other vehicles. Victims of garbage truck accidents are often left with very serious injuries including: 

  • Head injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Road rash
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones

If a garbage truck driver hits a motorcyclist and causes an accident the company or city that they work for may face civil liability for their actions. Generally speaking, employers are held liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as the employee was working within the course and scope of their job duties. 

Any person that is injured in a motorcycle accident with a garbage truck may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Victims of garbage truck accidents may not even realize the full extent of their injuries until several months later. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After A San Diego Garbage Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the Harley Davidson motorcycle rider that was injured in this garbage truck accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability. Someone could have easily been killed. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a garbage truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to getting accident victims the medical and financial support that they legally deserve. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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