1 Dead After Collision Involving Large Truck in Fontana, CA
Fontana, CA (March 24th, 2022) – In the early morning hours of Friday, March 18th, a person was pronounced dead after colliding into a semi-truck accident on I-15.
The fatal accident happened just before 3 a.m. on the southbound lanes of I-15, in the area of Duncan Canyon Rd.
According to investigators, the semi-truck was stalled on the right shoulder of the freeway at the time. It is not known why the driver of the smaller vehicle slammed into the back of the large truck’s tractor-trailer.
First responders were dispatched to the scene of the accident. Once firefighters from the San Bernardino Fire Department arrived at the scene, they worked to help the injured driver. Unfortunately, first responders later pronounced the driver deceased.
The fatal collision is still under active investigation as authorities are still working to determine if drugs and/or alcohol played a role in the accident.
The Rancho Cucamonga’s California Highway Patrol office is leading the investigation. The identities of those involved have not been made public.
There are very few forces that can match the serious impact of a collision with a large commercial truck. A person who is fortunate enough to survive a collision with a semi-truck will usually suffer permanent brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue damage, broken bones, along with other life-changing injuries.
Undoubtedly, semi-truck operators are some of the most trained drivers on the road, but even with their skills and experience, these drivers are not immune to an accident. While semi-truck accidents can be caused by a wide range of factors, they are largely caused as a result of human error.
In California, large commercial truck accidents can be caused as a result of overloaded cargo, tire blowouts, brake failures, insufficient driver training, lack of sleep or rest, or a malfunctioning vehicle part.
Since large commercial truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, it can be difficult to determine liability after an accident. Still, the State of California allows injured victims the opportunity to seek monetary compensation when their injuries were caused by a negligent accident. For this reason, establishing liability is critically important.
Depending on the facts of the case, it may be possible to file an accident claim against the driver of the semi-truck, the trucking company that employed the driver, or the company that owns the semi-truck. It may also be possible to file a claim against the company responsible for maintaining or repairing the commercial truck, the vehicle maker or manufacturer, the manufacturing company responsible for the defective vehicle parts, or the company that loaded the vehicle.
To ensure the accident claim has the best chance of success, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident in order to identify all potentially responsible parties. To prove negligence, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible. This may include photos of the scene, an accident report, eyewitness testimony, surveillance footage, dashcam footage, the truck’s black box data, weigh station receipts, and the driver’s hours of operation book log.
When filing an injury claim after a negligent commercial truck accident, there are several types of damages available. These are economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. For the most part, economic and non-economic damages are considered to be compensatory damages. The goal of these is to compensate the victim for his or her losses that he or she has endured as a result of the negligent accident. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are designed to penalize the negligent party and to also deter other parties from committing similar wrongful actions.
Economic damages can include monetary compensation for all tangible financial losses. This can include costs such as medical bills, future surgical procedures, and at-home nurse care. This type of damages award can also include the loss of income and loss of earning potential, the need to remodel the home in order to accommodate for the injury, and the loss of any workplace benefits.
Damages referred to as non-economic are designed to compensate a victim for his or her intangible losses. Non-economic damages can include losses such as the loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, disfigurement, scarring, trauma, and emotional distress.
In certain situations, injured victims may be awarded punitive damages after an accident. Generally, this will require proving that the negligent party acted in a manner that went beyond negligence and was either intentional in their actions or was otherwise grossly negligent. For instance, commercial trucking companies can be held responsible for failing to train their drivers. If the commercial truck driver was not trained on what the proper and legal procedures to pull over to the right shoulder during an emergency were and this led to the accident, punitive damages may be obtained from the reckless trucking company.
In the State of California, there are very few accidents that can be more devastating than a traffic accident involving a large commercial truck. In these accidents, there is a high risk for catastrophic injuries or even fatal injuries, and when the accident was caused as a result of another party’s negligence, it is important to hold the negligent party responsible.
If you or a loved one was recently hurt in a traffic accident involving a large commercial truck, obtain the qualified support of an attorney who can help you manage the intricacies of building a strong case. With the right legal support, you will be able to obtain the monetary compensation you truly deserve.
The Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King has many years of dedicated experience representing clients who have been injured as a result of negligent accidents, including large commercial truck accidents. The Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King is proud to advocate for injured clients throughout Southern California. If you were hurt in a collision involving a semi-truck, consider obtaining the support of the Law Offices of Attorney King. Schedule your complimentary case evaluation with the law firm today by completing the online contact form here or call (909) 297-5001.