A bicyclist sustained serious injuries after she was hit and then dragged for several feet in an accident involving a tow truck in Mira Mesa the afternoon of Friday, November 3.
According to representatives from the San Diego Police Department, the 27-year-old woman was riding her bike north on the west sidewalk of Westview Parkway when the tow truck hit her. The truck then dragged the woman across five southbound lanes of the road and into a left turn lane at the intersection of Westview Parkway and Mira Mesa Boulevard before finally coming to a stop.
Police officials said the bike rider was transferred to a nearby hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries.
What’s the tow truck driver’s liability?
It is extremely rare for a pedestrian or bicyclist to be liable for an accident that occurs on a sidewalk. All drivers must ensure the way is safe and clear before coming out of a parking lot or driveway and taking to the road. The driver of the tow truck clearly did not do this.
In addition to the tow truck driver’s lack of care in failing to check for pedestrians, the driver also did not come to an immediate stop after the collision occurred. Again, this indicates the driver did not meet the standards of reasonable care expected of all motorists.
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