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COMMERCE: Joel Perales Killed In Car Accident While Driving U.S. Postal Service Truck Along South Atlantic Boulevard

Dec 8, 2018

Joel Perales Accident: 30-Year Employee of The U.S. Postal Service And Pastor Of A La Mirada Church Joel Perales Was Killed In A Car Accident In Commerce

COMMERCE, CALIFORNIA (December 7, 2018) – A 58-year-old man and employee of the United States Postal Service  Joel Perales has tragically died after he was involved in a car accident.

Police are saying that he accident happened around 10:00 p.m. by South Atlantic Boulevard. The driver of a car hit Joel Perales  and then hit the U.S. Postal Service truck that he was riding in. 

At least one person was injured when the car that hit the victim proceeded to hit the wall of a nearby business. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the victim’s family. 

According to the Go Fund Me page, “[Joel Perales] is survived by his beloved wife Virginia, Sons and Daughter, Herman, Benjamin, Angelica, Joey and Timothy, and countless brothers and sisters, daughters-in-laws, soon to be son-in-law, grandchildren and many loved ones from his congregation where he served as their Pastor at Templo de Alabanza, (Praise Chapel), in La Mirada for many many years.”

An investigation into the car accident by the intersections of Eastern and Atlantic in the City of Commerce remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Car Accidents

Drivers have a common law duty to obey the rules of the road and take steps to avoid accidents. It has been estimated that nearly 94% of accidents that occur are due to human error. Speeding and distracted driving can have deadly consequences. Every year in the United States around 35,000 people are killed in car accidents. 

Victims of car accidents or their family will normally have the ability to file a claim for damages. There are statute of limitations associated with filing a claim, so it’s important to act quickly. Even before the statute of limitations runs out, evidence may no longer be available after a certain period of time has passed. A wrongful death attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued.  

Getting A Police Report After An Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joel Perales as they are going through such a difficult time. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the family. What happened is deeply unfortunate and should be investigated thoroughly by the police department in Commerce. Witnesses that may have seen what happened should come forward and speak with investigators. 

If someone that you love has died in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver you may have legal recourse. California has a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We take pride in getting justice for our clients and making sure that they are taken care of after an accident. Whether you have questions about your rights or need a police report following an accident we can help. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.


  1. K Cal 9. Postal Worker Who Took Extra Shift On His Day Off Struck And Killed By Car In Commerce. December 4, 2018.

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