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VENTURA: Stuart Beck, 51, Killed In Box Truck Accident While Bicycling On Highway 101 near the State Beaches Off-Ramp

Jul 21, 2019

Stuart Beck Ventura: Stuart Beck, 51, Killed In Ventura Box Truck Accident While Bicycling On Highway 101 near the State Beaches Off-Ramp

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA (July 21, 2019) – A 51-year-old man riding a bicycle identified as Stuart Beck has tragically died in a box truck accident on Highway 101 near the State Beaches off-ramp. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that Stuart Beck was riding a bicycle in the right lane around 8:52 p.m. A box truck driver from Oxnard approached the victim from behind and hit him. 

Stuart Beck was ejected from his bicycle and sustained major injuries. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene. 

Unfortunately, Stuart Beck was later pronounced dead due to his injuries. The driver of the box truck remained at the scene for several hours.

A witness told authorities that the truck driver did not appear to see the victim before the crash. An investigation into the Ventura box truck accident that killed Stuart Beck remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Truck Accidents

All drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicle according to the prevailing conditions. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” Unfortunately, many truck drivers get fatigued after they have been working for several hours. 

A disproportionate number of accidents happen at night. Even if a  pedestrian is in the middle the road, a good driver must still take measures to avoid hitting them. There is simply no excuse for a truck driver to rear-end a bicyclist. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “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.” Trucks tend to hit pedestrians when the driver is:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted
  • Intoxicated 
  • Fatigued

The family members of any victim that died in a truck accident will typically have recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. The victim’s next of kin may include children, parents, siblings or their spouse. A sudden death in the family can be extremely difficult, both financially and psychologically. Damages can include compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Stuart Beck. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into what happened. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the CHP. Truck drivers need to be doing everything in their power to avoid accidents. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a 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 those rights are being protected. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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