Jaime Ramirez Los Angeles: 24-Year-Old Bicyclist From Maywood Identified As Jaime Ramirez Died In Hit-And-Run Truck Accident Near The Intersection of Lorena Street and Eighth Street
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (June 2, 2019) – A 24-year-old man riding a bicycle identified as Jaime Ramirez has tragically died in a hit and run truck accident by the intersection of Lorena Street and Eighth Street.
Los Angeles police are saying that the car accident took place around 9:25 p.m. on Friday night in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Authorities suspect that the truck driver may not have realized that he ran the victim over.
Jaime Ramirez was heading southbound when he was hit by the semi-tractor truck box trailer. One witnesses attempted to flag the truck driver down, but he was unsuccessful.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, Jaime Ramirez was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The police think that the semi-truck driver may be from Fresno and are still investigating at this time. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to authorities.
Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
Unfortunately, truck accidents like the one that killed Jaime Ramirez have become all too common. According to one report from the FMCSA, over 35,000 people are killed in car accidents every year across the United States. Nearly 4,500 of those crashes involve semi-trucks. There are a number of factors positively associated with truck accidents including:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction
- Unfamiliarity with the roadway
- Prescription drug use
Accidents tend to increase at night and due to decreased visibility and driver fatigue. In many cases, accidents can be prevented if a truck driver simply follows safety protocols. For example, truck drivers should plan their trip and use GPS devices specifically for trucks. GPS for cars can put trucks on roads that they were never designed to travel on. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple forms of liability for a truck accident.
Liability For Truck Accidents
A fully loaded truck can weigh over 10,000 lbs and cause significant damage in the event of an accident. Accordingly, truck drivers have a heavy responsibility to keep their eyes open for pedestrians. Even if a bicyclist slows abruptly, a truck driver should have sufficient time to be able to slow down in time and take evasive maneuvers. In the event of an accident, a truck driver should remain at the scene.
According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.” Failure to stop after an accident may result in a felony offense. According to subdivision (B) of the statute:
‘Except as provided in paragraph (2), a person who violates subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.” A truck driver could face civil as well as criminal liability for fleeing the scene of an accident.
The family members of any pedestrian that died in an accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help a victim’s next of kin recover for funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, truck companies will often work extremely hard to deny liability following an accident. A truck accident attorney can help preserve key pieces of evidence and make sure that your rights are being protected.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jaime Ramirez as they are coping with such an incredible loss. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those involved. It is so important that truck drivers stop after an accident. This can often mean the difference between life and death. Any person that may have seen the accident or knows where the truck involved in the accident is should reach out to the LAPD.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a truck there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can investigate all of the facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the support and justice that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free police report following an accident we are here for you. You are always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.