Frederick Gleason Merced County: 82-Year-Old Stevinson Man Identified As Frederick Gleason Died In Hilmar Truck Accident After He Was Hit By The Intersection Of Highway 165 and Crane Avenue
MERCED COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (March 5, 2019) – An 82-year-old man from Stevinson identified as Frederick Gleason has tragically died in a car accident with a big rig truck hauling milk by the intersection of Highway 165 (Lander Avenue) and Crane Avenue.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the semi-truck accident took place around 6:30 p.m. in a small town called Hilmar. Frederick Gleason was driving a 2008 Lexus southbound of Highway 165.
A 43-year-old man from Turlock was driving a 2013 Peterbilt big rig truck and began to turn northbound onto Highway 165 from Crane Avenue. Frederick Gleason was unable to avoid hitting the milk truck and struck its left front tire.
Paramedics arrived at the scene in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving efforts Frederick Gleason was later pronounced dead at the scene. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been factors in the crash.
A map of the area shows two stop signs at the intersection of Crane Avenue and Highway 165. It remains unclear if the truck driver will be cited.
Liability In Truck Accidents
Trucking companies that transport goods are considered “common carriers” under the law. They are held to a much higher standard because so much is at stake in the event of a crash. According to Squaw Valley Ski Corporation v. Superior Court(1992) 2 Cal.App.4th 1499, 1507, “The elevated standard of care for common carriers is “based on a recognition that the privilege of serving the public as a common carrier necessarily entails great responsibility, requiring common carriers to exercise a high duty of care towards their customers.” Common carriers are responsible for even the slightest negligence of their drivers.
A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh 80,000 lbs and cause serious injury or death in the event of driver negligence. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has estimate that over 4,000 people are killed every year in accidents involving commercial trucks. Accident’s tend to occur early in the morning or later in the afternoon between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. One of the most common causes of truck accidents is when truck drivers fail to see oncoming motorists and make dangerous turns. Unless a truck driver had a green arrow the time of a turn, there is a good chance that they will be held liable for an accident.
According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Liability in truck accidents is typically determined through the legal doctrine of “respondeat superior.” Translated from Latin respondeat superior literally means “let the master answer.” Trucking companies are responsible for the negligence of their drivers, as if the employer himself/herself were behind the wheel. The family of a victim that dies in a truck accident is able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. A truck accident attorney can investigate the actions of a truck driver and let you know if they violated any safety rules.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Frederick Gleason. Any witnesses that may have seen the accident should come forward and speak to the CHP. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. Truck drivers are supposed to be using the utmost caution to prevent accidents. Likewise, it’s important that as our cities get larger and busier our roads and safety standards keep up. Merced County authorities should consider additional safety measures at this intersection.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in an accident with a negligent truck driver you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have about your rights. We can investigate your claim free of charge and make sure that key pieces of evidence are being preserved. We’ve successfully handled thousands of personal injury claims and are committed to holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Whether you just have questions following an accident or need a free investigation into your case you’re always welcome to reach out to us. You can contact us anytime at (888) 888-9285.