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HOLTVILLE: Arturo Gonzalez Killed In Semi-Truck Accident After His Pickup Truck Was Pushed Into Canal By Holt Road And Norrish Road


Jun 13, 2019

Arturo Gonzalez Holtville: Arturo Gonzalez From Calipatria Killed In Holtville Semi-Truck Accident After His Pickup Truck Was Pushed Into Rositas Canal By Holt Road And Norrish Road

HOLTVILLE, CALIFORNIA (June 13, 2019) – A 41-year-old man identified as Arturo Gonzalez from Calipatria has tragically died in a semi-truck accident near the intersection of Holt Road And Norrish Road.

Holtville police are saying that a 27-year-old semi-truck driver ran a stop sign and hit Arturo Gonzalez’s pickup truck pushing it into a canal. The force of the impact from the crash pinned the victim between the middle console and the door. 

Sheriff’s deputies, emergency responders and bystanders worked frantically to try to free the victim from the canal. However, the current was extremely forceful and Arturo Gonzalez later died due to his injuries. 

The driver of the semi-truck was among those who dove into the canal in order to try to save the victim. However, he could be facing criminal charges as a result of the fatal car accident. 

Sgt. Ernesto Ruedas, from the California Highway Patrol, told reporters that the semi-truck driver may be charged with “involuntary manslaughter without malice.”

Authorities are still waiting for the Imperial Valley coroner report in order to determine Arturo Gonzalez’s exact cause of death. 

Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

According to one report that was done by the NHTSA, “there were approximately 120,000 fatal and injury crashes nationwide during the 33-month study period that involved at least one large truck; 141,000 large trucks were involved in those crashes.” Semi-truck accidents result in around 4,500 fatalities every year in the U.S. A number of factors have been positively associated with fatal accidents including:

  • Brake problems
  • Traffic flow interruption 
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before crash 
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

Fatigue, in particular, is the number one risk factor for a truck accident. Drivers tent to make more and more mistakes as they become tired. Most accidents tend to happen between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Truck drivers are put under enormous stress to complete their routes quickly. When this happens corners tend to get cut in terms of safety. This is all true despite federal guidelines about how long truck drivers can work. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple forms of liability for any truck accident. 

Liability In Truck Accidents

Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and to get all the necessary rest in order to work. If, for example, a truck driver ran a red light or stop sign they could face civil (or even criminal) liability for any accident. But liability doesn’t simply stop with truck drivers. For example, a company could also face civil liability if they employed a truck driver and he/she was involved in an accident. Companies must give their employees adequate training and make sure that they pass a background test. 

Generally speaking, companies that employ truck drivers are usually responsible for the negligence of their drivers under the doctrine of “respondeat superior.”  This is true insofar as the negligent driver was working within the course and scope of their job duties. However, many truck drivers are listed as “independent contractors.” This is a distinction that could have a couple of implications. This is why it’s so important to seek the legal counsel of a truck accident attorney following an accident. 

Trucks are equipped with event data recorders (EDRs) which can be used to determine what a truck driver was doing immediately before an accident. An attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. The family members of any victim that died in a truck accident may be able to seek justice under California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages may include compensation for funeral expenses, emotional trauma and lost income. Unfortunately, truck companies will often work hard to try to deny liability following a collision. An attorney can take steps to make sure your rights are being preserved and that you are treated fairly. 

Investigating A Truck Accident 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Arturo Gonzalez. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue to investigate. This accident was completely preventable and should have never taken place. There needs to be some accountability for all of those who have lost so much. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get justice and that truck companies are held to account to the fullest extent of the law.  Whether you need a free police report about a specific accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. Se Habla Español. 

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HOLTVILLE: Arturo Gonzalez Killed In Semi-Truck Accident After His Pickup Truck Was Pushed Into Canal By Holt Road And Norrish Road

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