Bicyclist struck and killed by bus in California
San Diego boasts an excellent mass transit system. However, some people prefer getting around town under their own power by riding bicycles or walking. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and mass transit vehicle operators can all play a part in ensuring everyone's mutual safety.
As we have previously discussed on this blog, there are things we can do to stay safe when traveling in proximity to a trolley. However, the trolley tracks can also present hazards. It is all too easy for a pedestrian or bicyclist to trip and fall due to getting a foot or a tire caught in the tracks. For this reason, it is vital that bus drivers and other motorists be prepared to stop if someone should take a tumble on the tracks.
Recently in San Francisco, a 47-year-old bicyclist was fatally injured after being struck by a city bus. Reportedly, the bicyclist was traveling between two buses traveling westbound when one of his wheels got caught in a trolley track. The man is said to have fallen and then been struck by a rear wheel of one of the buses.
An accident such as this could happen on the streets of San Diego. Such tragedies require a thorough investigation to get to the truth of what happened. In this case, a representative for the bus service says the bus driver will be tested for drugs and alcohol. Regardless of the results of those tests, more questions need answering regarding how such a thing could happen.
A fatal mass transit accident can leave a victim's family in a state of shock and bereavement. Such a loss can also create immediate expenses, such as funeral costs. In addition, the loss could also create long-term economic hardships as well.
If a member of your family has been killed or seriously injured in a mass transit accident, an experienced attorney may be able to carry out an investigation and help you pursue both justice and compensation.
Source: KRON 4, "Police: bicyclist killed by bus fell after snagging wheel in streetcar tracks," Oct. 13, 2015