Pedestrian Killed in Wildomar, CA Truck Accident on Bundy Canyon Road
Wildomar, CA -- October 8, 2019, a pedestrian sustained fatal injuries after an accident where an 18-wheeler ran them over along Bundy Canyon Road.
Authorities with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident scene at around 6:00 a.m. They say it happened off the intersection of Bundy Canyon Road and Mission Trail Road.
In their reports, authorities said that a pedestrian was walking on the road, but it's unclear if they were crossing or walking in a lane of travel. While there, an 18-wheeler did not avoid the pedestrian in time, hitting them in the roadway.
As a result of the collision, the pedestrian succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene. Reports did not identify the victim.
At this time, police do not report any charges or citations resulting from the accident.
People are likely to read about this, assume the pedestrian is at fault, and consider the matter closed. In reality, pedestrian accidents are generally more complex than that. While finding out who had the right-of-way is an important factor, it's also important to look into the timing of the collision and how avoidable it was.
The law generally holds truck drivers to the standard of being reasonably prudent professionals. They must give themselves every opportunity to avoid a collision if reasonably possible to do so. If, for example, a pedestrian entered directly into the truck's path, even the safest of truck drivers may not be able to avoid a collision. As such, it wouldn't be reasonable to hold them responsible. However, if a pedestrian is clearly visible and far enough away to avoid, truck drivers have a responsibility to do so. Failing to could mean they were doing something wrong that impaired their ability to react in time.
Based on these reports, it's far too early to tell what happened here or how avoidable the collision was. That said, considering someone lost their life here, it's important that investigators look into these details and get the family some answers.
--Grossman Law Offices