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UPDATE: Coronado Beach Lifeguard Truck Accident Injured Young Girl Near Dog Beach

Jul 9, 2019

San Diego Lifeguard Truck Accident: Coronado Beach Lifeguard Truck Accident Injured Young Girl Near Dog Beach

CORONADO BEACH, CALIFORNIA (July 9, 2019) – A girl around 4-years-old was injured after being run over by a lifeguard truck on Coronado Beach near dog beach. 

San Diego police are saying that two lifeguards were patrolling Coronado Beach when they ran over a young girl that was crouching near Dog Beach. The accident took place around 6:15 p.m. and the girl was hit by the front and back tires of the lifeguard’s truck. 

The lifeguards got out of their truck after the accident and began rendering aid to the victim.Paramedics arrived at the scene and took the girl to the Rady Children’s Hospital. 

The Coronado Police Department is continuing to investigate the lifeguard truck accident at this time. 

Liability In Lifeguard Truck Accidents

Lifeguards that work at the beach are usually employed by the city. If they are negligent the city that employed them will typically be vicariously liable. This is generally the case based on the legal doctrine of respondeat superior. According to the Cornell Law Dictionary, respondeat superior is “a legal doctrine, most commonly used in tort, that holds an employer or principal legally responsible for the wrongful acts of an employee or agent, if such acts occur within the scope of the employment or agency.” 

Beaches can be particularly difficult places to navigate for trucks. They are filled with pedestrians and are poorly illuminated once the sun goes down.  Drivers are supposed to exercise a great deal of caution in order to prevent pedestrian accidents. According to California Vehicle Code 21950 (c), “The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

There is simply no excuse for any driver to hit a pedestrian on the beach. Statistically speaking, accidents tend to happen because drivers are speeding, distracted, fatigued or intoxicated. Pedestrians that are hit by trucks tend to suffer from very serious injuries. According to the NCBI, “Traffic-related pedestrian injuries are a growing public health threat worldwide. In 2004, there were 4,641 pedestrian deaths and over 70,000 injuries in the United States. Injury patterns vary depending on the age, gender and socioeconomic status of the individual. Children, older adults, and those of lower socioeconomic status are most affected.”

Any person that is injured in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a bodily injury claim can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Victims tend not to realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after an accident. Children often have it the worst because injuries can affect their development. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of charge and let you know what your legal options are. Failing to take action within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights. 

Getting Help After A Lifeguard Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim of this accident and her family. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the accident for the sake of all of those involved. What was the driver of this truck doing when all of their attention should have been on what was ahead of them. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for what has happened. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in an accident due to the negligence of a lifeguard 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 those rights are being protected. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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