Sophi Davi, Alysha Flowers Boulder Creek Colorado: Sophi Davi, Alysha Flowers, Joseph Davi, Deborah Davi Injured In Gilroy Semi-Truck Accident On Highway 152 By Bloomfield Avenue
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (September 24, 2019) – A Boulder Creek couple and two children identified as Joseph Davi, Deborah Davi, Sophi Davi and Alysha Flowers were injured in a semi-truck accident on Highway 152 by Gilroy.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 8:30 p.m. A 51-year-old man identified as Gonzalo Hernandez-Mendez was driving a pickup truck on Highway 152.
Gonzalo Hernandez-Mendez slowed down his pickup truck and was attempting to turn into a driveway when he was rear-ended by a semi-truck.
The force of the impact with the pickup truck caused another accident with a Ford in the Westbound lanes. The four people in the Ford have been identified as Joseph Davi, Deborah Davi,Sophi Davi and Alysha Flowers.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. The passengers from Boulder Creek sustained injuries ranging from moderate to major.
Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have been factors into the crash. An investigation into the Santa Clara truck accident that killed Gonzalo Hernandez-Mendez and injured Joseph Davi, Deborah Davi,Sophi Davi and Alysha Flowers remains ongoing.
Laws Related To Truck Driving
Nearly 5,000 people are killed every year in truck accidents. There are a number of laws both at the federal and state level regarding what rules truck drivers must follow. For example, commercial truck drivers are held to a very high standard in terms of what is considered “legally intoxicated.” According to California Vehicle Code 23152, “It is unlawful for a person who has 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in Section 15210.”
According to part 383 of title 49, truck drivers must have a commercial license. They must also pass the CDL knowledge and road tests and have a clean driving record. In addition to regulatory requirements to get and maintain a commercial license, truck drivers are also limited in how long they can work. Truck drivers are not allowed to work for more than 14 hours in one day and no more than 60 hours in a seven day period. Exceeding these limits may dramatically increase the possibility of fatigue and therefore a crash. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident.
Liability In Santa Clara County Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks can be incredibly difficult to stop. Truck drivers must maintain a safe follow distance with the vehicle ahead of them. According to California Vehicle Code 21703, “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” There are no universal rules with respect to what is a safe follow distance. During times of inclement weather or low visibility a safe follow distance will typically be much longer were it not for those conditions.
There is simply no excuse for a truck driver to rear-end another vehicle These types of accidents tend to happen when truck drivers are either speeding, distracted or following the lead vehicle too closely. If the truck driver was working for a company at the time of the accident that company will typically be held at fault. Companies are generally liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victim’s of semi-truck accidents often suffer from very serious injuries including:
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Seat-belt injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal trauma
These injuries can often leave victims with very costly medical bills. In fact, the FMCSA has estimated that the average costs for a non-fatal truck injury are $195,258. This is why most commercial trucks are required to carry at least $750,000 – $1,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Victims of semi-truck accidents are able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Semi-Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Joseph Davi, Deborah Davi, Sophi Davi and Alysha Flowers as they continue to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. This accident should not have happened. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability and that all of the victims get the justice that they deserve.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a truck accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law with respect to truck accidents or need a free, independent investigation into a particular incident we are here for you. You can always reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.