Authorities in San Diego are investigating an accident that involved a trash truck, two other vehicles and a pedestrian. According to reports, the pedestrian, who was attempting to cross the street at the time of the incident, was killed in the accident.
The 63-year-old pedestrian was hit by a trash truck. That collision knocked the man into a second lane of traffic. The trash truck was reportedly exiting a nearby interstate and entering the road where the incident occurred.
After the man fell into the second lane of traffic, he was reportedly hit by two more vehicles. Authorities report that the man died before first responders could transport him to a nearby hospital. According to police, the incident took place around 4:45 a.m. on Oct. 30. The local police department is leading an investigation into the incident, and the California Highway Patrol will conduct a follow-up investigation.
This is a tragic case with some unanswered questions, but it illustrates the dangers faced by pedestrians and others on the road. Any vehicle accident can be dangerous, but when a smaller vehicle or a person comes up against a large truck in a collision, serious injuries and damages can occur.
Individuals who are injured in a truck accident — or any accident on the road — have a right to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses and lost wages. California families who lose a loved one in such an accident may have a case for compensation as well, including damages such as lost companionship, loss of support and pain and suffering.
Source: UT San Diego, “Pedestrian hit, killed by trash truck” Mike Heuer, Oct. 30, 2014