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Kevin Lu and Rufino Ramirez Killed In Truck Accident After Semi Truck Flipped Off Pomona 60 Freeway Bridge In South El Monte


Oct 3, 2018

Kevin Lu and Rufino Ramirez Died In Car Accident After Semi Truck Flipped Over Pomona 60 Freeway Bridge In South El Monte After Hitting Stopped Car

 SOUTH EL MONTE, CALIFORNIA (October 3, 2018) A fatal truck accident in South El Monte has killed two people identified as Kevin Lu and Rufino Mireles Ramirez after a semi truck loaded with cantaloupes flipped over and landed on their car from the Pomona 60 freeway bridge.

South El Monte police are saying that the fatal car accident took place around 4:30 a.m. when a truck hit a stopped car and flipped over the bridge. The truck that flipped over landed directly on the car with Kevin Lu and Rufino Ramirez.

The truck involved in the fatal collision caught fire directly under the bridge. Paramedics arrived at the scene in order to help the victims. But Kevin Lu and Rufino Ramirez were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The condition of the truck driver remains unknown at this point. An investigation into the fatal car accident that killed Kevin Lu and Rufino Mireles Ramirez remains ongoing at this time.

What Causes Truck Accidents

Trucks are a crucial part of commerce, but truck accidents remain an ongoing source of injury and death for thousands of people. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has identified a number of relevant factors that cause truck accidents. These may include:

  • Non-performance: Truck drivers will not be able to operate their vehicle safely if they fall asleep or suffer a medical emergency.

  • Perception: Distracted drivers or drivers that fail to scan the road adequately are a major cause of accidents.

  • Judgement: The manner in which a truck driver operates their vehicle is a good predictor of whether or not they will crash. Truck drivers may follow vehicles to closely or speed and cause a crash.

  • Performance: How a truck driver operates their vehicle during a stressful situation is important. For example, a number of truck drivers cause accidents by overcorrecting during a close call.

A truck accident can turn a person’s world upside down. Victims are often killed or left with severe injuries.  A victim or their family may be able to file a claim for damages after hiring a truck accident attorney.

Liability In Truck Accidents

Truck drivers are held to a very high standard when it comes to operating their vehicle safely. They should be extra cautious given the dangers associated with crashing a truck. Among other things truck drivers should scan the road ahead of them and make sure that the road is clear. Occasionally vehicles are stalled on the freeway. The truck operator should be driving at a reasonable enough speed in order to avoid hitting the stopped vehicle. If a truck driver is negligent and causes an accident the company that they work for may be vicariously liable for the damages. Companies are generally responsible for the actions of their employees insofar as they are working within the course and scope of their employment. Victims of truck accidents or their family may be able to file a claim in order to recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting Help After A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the families of Kevin Lu and Rufino Ramirez as they are going through such a difficult time. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into what happened and that the responsible parties are held accountable. This accident should have never taken place. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to the police department in South El Monte for the sake of all of those that have been affected.

Have you or someone that you love been injured or killed due to the negligence of a truck driver? You may have legal recourse. The personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can take steps to help preserve your rights and make sure that you are taken care of. We have over 40 years of combined experience and focus exclusively on personal injury law. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. City News Service. Coroner IDs Walnut man as among 2 killed in truck crash on 60 Freeway in South El Monte. September 10, 2018.

  2. Findlaw. Truck Accident Law: What You Need to Know. 2018

  3. FMCSA. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study – Analysis Brief. July 2007

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