San Diego Security Guard Accident: 81-Year-Old Security Guard Injured In Semi-Truck Accident At Otay Mesa Freight Yard By Cactus Court
OTAY MESA, CALIFORNIA (October 11, 2019) – An 81-year-old security guard was injured after his legs were run over by semi-truck in a freight yard by the intersection of Cactus Road and Siempre Viva Roads.
San Diego police are saying that the accident took place around 11:15 p.m. The security guard was inspecting door seals at the gate of the yard and was standing in between two semi-trailers.
A 50-year-old truck driver in a 2019 Volvo TR tractor was pulling forward when a front wheel ran over the security guard’s legs.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Authorities said he was taken to the hospital it receive treatment for an “open fracture and a crushing injury to his lower right leg.”
Liability In Otay Mesa Semi-Truck Accidents
According to one report from 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. ” Truck drivers must be especially vigilant around pedestrians. Here are just a few of the ways that truck drivers can help prevent accidents:
- Truck drivers should communicate effectively with co-workers.
- Truck drivers should get out of their truck when backing up or pulling out.
- Truck drivers must get adequate rest and take breaks as required.
When a security guard or other employee is injured while they are working they will typically have recourse through worker’s compensation. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” Benefits from worker’s compensation may include:
- Medical care
- Temporary Disability Benefits
- Permanent Disability Benefits
- Death Benefits
What many workers and their families may not realize is that the worker’s compensation system may not be their only recourse after an accident. A injured worker may be able to file a third party liability claim if an entity separate from their employer contributed to an accident. A third party could potentially include a truck driver that wasn’t paying attention and ran someone over.
Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a truck driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. A bodily injury claim can further help with money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Federal regulation require most commercial trucks to carry at least $750,000 – $1,000,0000 to help victims in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, truck companies will often fight hard to deny liability in the event of an accident. 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 An Otay Mesa Semi-Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the security guard who was injured at this freight yard in Otay Mesa. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators at Cal/OSHA as they continue their investigation. This accident should never have happened and may not have happened had the right safety precautions been taken. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to help reduce the likelihood of similar accidents.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a semi-truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to recover. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.