According to a recent police report, an unidentified man was dragged in a fatal hit-and-run crash.
The body of the unidentified man was found Tuesday night in Bay Terraces north of State Route 54. The body had been dragged approximately 100 yards. When San Diego police arrived, the man was already dead in the middle of the intersection at Appian Drive and Woodman Street.
The driver fled the scene and has yet to be identified. Though they have not been identified, police do have a vehicle of interest. Police released details about the vehicle, saying a tractor trailer with a red cab and silver trailer had been seen in the area before the crash took place. However, police do not want to limit the public on the type of vehicle that may have been involved and are still gathering information as to the whereabouts of the vehicle and driver.
In 2012 in the U.S, 333,000 large truckers were involved in traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 3,921 people were killed in these accidents, with another 104,000 people injured. 73 percent of these fatalities were occupants of the other vehicle. This is an 18 percent increase from 2011.
When accidents occur involving large trucks, they are more likely to be fatal, multi-vehicle crashes. Many of these accidents are the fault of the truck driver, but statistics support insurance companies who want to blame car drivers. For example, though large trucks are more likely to cause injury or death when they are involved in an accident, statistics show that only 2 percent of truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had a BAC of .08 percent or higher in 2012. However, according to 2012 statistics, 23 percent of drivers of passenger cars and light trucks that were involved in fatal crashes had a BAC of .08 or higher.
Insurance companies and others may try to use statistics such as these to support a “blame the victim” approach to any truck accident in an effort to stop victims from collecting monetary damages.
Unfortunately, car and large truck crashes are increasing and leading to more injuries and deaths each year. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a large truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. These damages can include medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income. If you have found yourself in this situation, seek the help of an experience personal injury attorney like Dan Gilleon in San Diego. His skilled team of lawyers can help you build a case and fight for compensation.