Peter Kalomas Vista Truck Accident: 63-Year-Old Man In Wheelchair Identified as Peter James Kalomas Died In Vista Box Truck Accident By Sycamore Avenue and Thibodo Road
VISTA, CALIFORNIA (August 9, 2019) – A 63-year-old man in a wheelchair identified as Peter James Kalomas was seriously injured and later died following a box truck accident by the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Thibodo Road.
Vista police are saying that the accident took place around 9:45 p.m. Peter James Kalomas was heading westbound in a motorized wheelchair and was in the crosswalk when he was hit by a 10-foot box truck.
Peter James Kalomas fell out of the wheelchair and sustained a broken leg. He was taken to the Palomar Medical Center in order to receive treatment. Despite life-saving measures his injuries were simply too great to overcome and he died the following day.
The 26-year-old driver of the box truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police. An investigation into the Vista box truck accident that killed Peter James Kalomas remains ongoing.
Liability In Vista Box Truck Accidents
According to the FMCSA, “The number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses decreased steadily from 102,000 in 2002 to 60,000 in 2009 (a decline of 41 percent). From 2009 to 2015, injury crashes increased 62 percent to 97,000 (based on GES data). From 2016 to 2017, according to NHTSA’s CRSS data, large truck and bus injury crashes increased 4 percent (from 112,000 in 2016 to 116,000 in 2017).” Pedestrians are at a much greater risk of being involved in a truck accident because many drivers fail to see them.
Trucks tend to have very large blinds spots that can make it difficult for drivers to see them. It’s always best to try to be aware of where a trucks blind spots are. But the truth is that there are many reasons why semi-truck may end up hitting pedestrians:
- Fatigue is the number one cause of truck accidents. Drivers get overworked and they are more likely to cause accidents
- Alcohol and drug use does occur among truck drivers. According to a number of state and federal statutes, truck drivers are considered legally intoxicated if they have a BAC of 0.04 or higher.
- Poor driver training and truck maintenance is another factor behind accidents. Driving a commercial truck is very different from driving a car and requires a commercial license and special training.
Truck drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in lawfully marked crosswalks. 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.” Truck drivers or the companies that they work for may be liable for an accident if they failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. Companies are generally responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. According to the rules set out by the FMCSA trucks must carry at least $750,000 or $1,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Damages can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, very strict statute of limitations associated with being able to file a civil claim, so it is important to act quickly.
Investigating A Vista Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Peter James Kalomas. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Vista Police Department as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened for the sake of the victim’s family.
If you or someone that you care about has been harmed due to the negligence of a box truck driver 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 get all of the medical and financial support that they are legally owed. Whether you need a free investigation into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.