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APPLE VALLEY: Kimsan Mao Killed In Tow Truck Accident While Riding Vespa Scooter On Bear Valley Road


Oct 3, 2018

41-Year-Old Kimsan Mao Died In Apple Valley Tow Truck Accident While Riding Scooter By Bear Valley Road and Kiowa Road In Apple Valley

 APPLE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (October 2, 2018) A 41-year-old man from Victorville identified as Kimsan Mao died in a tow truck accident after he was hit on a GTS 300 Vespa scooter.

The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office is saying that the accident took place on the 20000 block of Bear Valley Road by Kiowa Road in Apple Valley. Kimsan Mao was riding his scooter in the early morning hours of Saturday around 1:16 a.m.

The GMC truck traveling westbound hit the victim as he was attempting to turn either off or on Bear Valley Road. He was ejected from the scooter and sustained critical injuries.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the tow truck accident in order to help the victim. But he was pronounced dead at the scene. A video of the crash site shows the tow truck completely over the top of the Vespa scooter.

An investigation into the fatal scooter accident remains ongoing at this time.

What To Do After A Truck Accident

Truck accidents differ from car accidents in a number of significant ways. First, trucks can weigh 10 to 20 times more than a typical sedan. The injuries from truck accidents may therefore be much more severe. Trucks also tend to carry much higher insurance policies. In order to preserve your rights after a truck accident there are a number of steps that you should take:

  • Police: Call the police and make sure that you file an accident report. This will become an important piece of evidence later on.

  • Medical Attention: Take care of your health after an accident by getting evaluated by a hospital. Your body is filled with adrenaline after an accident and injuries may not be immediately obvious. Consistent treatment will help establish the full extent of your injuries.

  • Insurance: Be sure to file a report with an insurance company while your memory is still fresh.

  • Avoidance: Avoid taking phone calls from the opposing insurance agency.

  • Legal help: Seek the legal advice of an attorney that specializes in truck accidents. A truck accident lawyer can examine the facts of your case and help you better understand your rights.

Victims of truck accidents can be left with severe trauma including brain injuries and require a lifetime of care. Those who have been injured may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Liability In Tow Truck Accidents

Tow truck drivers must exercise due care as they are going about their duties. Determining liability in a tow truck accident will require examining all of the unique factors that led up to the crash. For example, was the truck driver speeding? Were they driving according to the prevailing conditions of the road? Truck drivers are supposed to be extremely cautious around pedestrians. But in many circumstances this doesn’t happen. Truck drivers may become distracted and not see pedestrians in front of them. It’s important to seek the professional advice of a car accident lawyer. They can take steps to preserve your rights and key pieces of evidence associated with your case.

Getting Help After A Tow Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Kimsan Mao after this horrific truck accident in Apple Valley. It is our sincere hope that anyone that may have seen what happened will come forward and speak with investigators. Police should conduct a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those involved.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed due to the negligence of a tow truck driver you may have legal recourse. The personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to help you with whatever you need. We are experts at helping victims of commercial truck accidents and will fight tirelessly to make sure that you’re taken care of. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel for your particular situation you’re always welcome to reach out to us (888) 888-9285. We are here to help.

 Sources:

  1. Gabriel D. Espinoza. Coroner ID’s man killed in Vespa crash on Bear Valley Road. September 29, 2018

  2. Ken LaMance. Liability of Towing Companies. 2018

  3. Barry G. Doyle. 5 Steps to Take After a Truck Accident.  2018

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