At about 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, one cyclist was killed and two others were seriously injured in a collision with a bus at Camp Pendleton. The North County Transit District bus hit the cyclists, all civilians, on Stuart Mesa Road near Cook Crossing. One cyclist suffered fatal trauma. The other two cyclists were transported to the hospital to receive treatment for serious injuries. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the accident.
“When cyclists suffer serious or fatal trauma in a traffic accident, they or their surviving family members may pursue civil claims against the negligent party in order to be compensated for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout San Diego County, 903 cyclists were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked San Diego 25th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury bicycle accidents that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Statewide, cyclist fatalities increased 13.2 percent from 99 in 2010 to 114 in 2011.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the cyclist who was killed in the collision with the bus. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two cyclists who were seriously injured.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Camp Pendleton collision.
Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California bicycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.