I am discussing a traffic accident in the state of: CA
I am an avid cyclist and was traveling north on Pacific Coast Hwy in Huntington Beach just south of Warner. It is a barren stretch of road with a 5' bikelane and four lanes of 60mph traffic. The two mile section is also marked 'no stopping any time.'
I was in an aero position to break the wind with another rider on my back wheel. I suddenly noticed an 8' wide flatbed traffic control company truck ahead of me blocking the whole bikelane. Traveling 25mph, a rider on my back wheel and potentially 60mph traffic to my immediate left, I had to make a snap decision. After a slight hesitation to consider my options I cut to the left to get around the truck. Suffice to say I/we did not make it. We struck the left rear corner at full speed and flew out into the #2 lane. We both broke bones and received lacerations.
The Officer inferred that it was 100% my fault because "the truck was an emergency vehicle with its emergency lights on" (arrow-board). At the time and up to two weeks later I agreed. However after further research, I now do not agree. It was not an emergency vehicle. It was a work vehicle performing a planned lane closure. It was not using "emergency lights". It was using only lights to merge 10-20mph bike traffic into 60mph traffic with no cones, signs, flagmen or ample room to pass. They were breaking Caltrans, OSHA and DOT standards clearly outlined in the Manual of Traffic Control Devices Chapter 6.
I spoke with a policeman, a Sergeant behind the front counter, a CHP Officer and the City's Traffic Engineer and none of them could tell me who polices roadside workers or who even knows their job. My question: What does CVC 21350 and 21351 mean?