Bonita Cement-Mixer Truck Accident: 51-Year-Old Bicyclist Injured In Bonita Cement Truck Accident on Sweetwater Road By Briarwood Road Near Chula Vista Golf Course
BONITA, CALIFORNIA (October 26, 2019) – A 51-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured in a cement truck accident near the intersection of Sweetwater Road by Briarwood Road.
Bonita police are saying that the accident took place around 9:30 a.m. by the Chula Vista Golf Course. A cement truck driver was heading the same direction as the bicyclist and hit him while he was making a right turn.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the bicyclist. They were taken to the Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego in order to receive treatment.
The driver of the cement-mixer truck remained at the scene. Police closed the intersection for 30 minutes as they continued to investigate.
Liability In Bonita Cement Truck Accidents
There are a number of factors that contribute to bicycle accidents. According to the FMCSA, “Fatigue, drinking alcohol, and speeding are major factors in motor vehicle crashes overall. Although their presence does not always result in a crash, these three factors, as well as other driver, vehicle, and environmental factors, can increase the risk that a crash will occur.” Cement trucks can be particularly dangerous given their weight and size.
A cement truck by itself can weigh as much as 25,000 lbs before it is loaded. If the cement truck is carrying concrete that can add an additional 25,000 lbs of stress on the vehicle. This can make a concrete truck difficult to stop, turn and maneuver in general. Like many other commercial vehicles, cement trucks also have very large blind spots:
Here are just a few of the blind spots on a cement truck:
- Front blind spot
- Back blind spot
- Rear view mirror blind spot
- A, B comunn blind spot on both sides of the windshield
Cement truck drivers are supposed to check their blind spots before turning into an intersection, but this doesn’t always happen. If a driver hits a bicyclist while turning they will very often be found at fault. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.” Victims of bicycle accidents are often left with very serious injuries including:
- Head injuries
- Facial injuries
- Neurological damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Ruptured discs
- Bone fractures
- Organ damage
- Wrongful death
If a cement truck driver is negligent and causes an accident the company that they work for may face vicarious liability. All trucks are required to carry at least $750,000 worth of liability insurance per FMCSA guidelines. Victims of cement truck accidents may be able to recover damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, cement truck companies will often fight hard to deny any wrongdoing in an accident. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.
Getting Help After A Bonita Cement Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the bicyclist injured in this cement truck accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent similar accidents.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a cement 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 making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that proactive measures are being put in place to make our streets safer. 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 (888) 888-9285