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IRVINE: Doris Rogers and Lynda Bobzien Killed In Box Truck Accident By Oak Canyon near Valley Oak Drive


Sep 20, 2018

Doris Rogers and Lynda Bobzien Died After Being Hit By Box Truck Driver In Irvine; Fatal Semi Truck Accident Remains Under Investigation

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (September 19, 2018) – Two women identified as Doris Rogers and Lynda Bobzien have died as they were involved in a box truck accident near Oak Canyon by Valley Oak Drive.

Irvine police are saying that Doris Rogers and Lynda Bobzien were both in a small SUV when the fatal truck crash took place.  A third woman was also in the SUV, but she survived and was taken to the hospital in order to be treated for moderate injuries.

A photo taken of the crash shows the left side of the SUV with major damage.

Investigators arrived at the scene and collected evidence. The box truck driver was not injured and remained at the scene.

Police are asking the public for help putting together what happened. Anyone with knowledge about the accident should contact Detective Chris Ostrowski at the Irvine Police Department.

There is an ongoing investigation into the crash.

Truck Accident Injuries and Causes

Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured every year in truck accidents. Many of the injuries associated with truck accidents may not even be immediately obvious. Victims can suffer from traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, whiplash, post traumatic stress, bone fractures and much more. Usually there are a number of factors that may contribute to an accident. Here are a few of the most common causes of truck crashes:

  • Debris: Trash or foreign objects in the roadway regularly causes trucks to swerve erratically and hit cars.

  • Driver inexperience: Driving a truck is very different from driving a small sedan. It is more difficult to brake and maneuver.

  • Speeding: Truck drivers that speed are especially dangerous. As traffic slows these drivers are often not able to bring their rigs to a safe stop and end up rear ending other vehicles.

  • Poor Road Conditions: Driving in a safe manner does not simply entail obeying the speed limit. Drivers should operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions of the road. For example, if it’s raining truck drivers should slow down even if the speed limit allows them to go faster.

When a truck driver fails to drive in a safe manner and keep an eye out for other vehicles that can be extremely dangerous. Depending on the particular facts of any case victims of a truck accident may have the ability to file a claim for damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Liability In Commercial Truck Accidents

Truck drivers should take every precaution available to decrease the likelihood of a collision. Maintenance should be performed on the truck and speed limits should be observed. Navigating in dense cities and urban environments can be a challenge. Inexperienced truck drivers may not be able to safely navigate certain locations. If a truck driver fails to obey traffic laws they may face liability in the event of an accident. Moreover, if the truck driver was working when the accident took place that may impose liability on their employer. There is a complex mesh of potential areas for liability in truck collisions. Victims of truck accidents may feel overwhelmed when faced with a loss or high medical bills. An attorney can be extremely helpful in such a scenario. They can take steps to preserve evidence and to make sure that your rights are being protected.

Getting Help After An Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers offer our condolences to the families of the victims and the woman who was seriously injured. Anyone that may have witnessed the crash should come forward and speak to investigators. What happened here is absolutely tragic and steps need to be taken to help make this stretch of road safer for other drivers. It would be deeply unfortunate if this were to happen again.

There are laws in place designed to protect truck accident victims and their families. Any person that is affected by a truck accident could potentially pursue a wrongful death claim or a personal injury claim. Our personal injury attorneys have devoted their careers to helping accident victims. We are committed to people and making sure that they get the best outcome possible after an accident. Whether you have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel for your situation we are here for you (888) 888-9285.

Sources:

  1. MARILYN KALFUS. 2 women in deadly Irvine truck crash identified. September 17, 2018

  2. Nolo Staff. Trucking Accidents: Common Causes & Liability. 2018

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