A 12-year-old boy was killed in a San Diego County car accident when his bicycle ended up underneath a pickup truck. According to a Sea Side Courier report, the fatal Oceanside bicycle accident happened at 1510 South Coast Highway, near the Oceanside RV Park.
Officials say a Florida man was pulling out of the RV park in his white Dodge Ram 3500 when he heard a thump. He found the young bicyclist lodged underneath his vehicle. The boy was airlifted to Tri-City Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. It’s unclear what caused the crash, or if the driver will be cited for the fatal collision.
Drivers backing or pulling out from a private driveway, parking lot or alley DO NOT have the right-of-way. According to California Statute 21804:
“The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic.”
In this case, the term “traffic” refers to all cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles. The law looks at all of them the same.
When a driver fails to yield the right of way when entering traffic, they can face citations for that negligence from the authorities. A driver doesn’t have to face citations or charges to be held accountable for an accident. The victim, or the victim’s family, only has to prove that the at-fault driver’s negligence contributed to the crash to hold them accountable.
A wrongful death claim can help a family recover financially during their time of grief. If you’ve lost a loved one in a San Diego car accident, don’t hesitate to research your legal rights and options. Contact an experienced San Diego car accident attorney who can help protect your rights every step of the way.
The Jurewitz Law Group can be reached at (888) 233-5020. Contact us today to discuss your next steps.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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