Marlene Lorenzo Los Angeles, Amy Lorenzo Los Angeles: 14-Year-Old Girl Identified As Marlene Lorenzo Died After She And Her Sister Amy Lorenzo Were Hit By A Semi-Truck On 37th Street and Broadway Near Exposition Park
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (April 5, 2019) – Two sisters identified as Marlene Lorenzo and Amy Lorenzo were walking to Clinton Middle School on 37th Street and Broadway when they were hit by a semi-truck near Exposition Park.
Los Angeles Police Detectives are saying that the girls began crossing the street on a green light when they were hit by the big rig. Police are saying that Marlene Lorenzo and and her sister Amy Lorenzo were sucked underneath the truck.
Another driver had to flag them down in order to get the truck driver to stop. The truck driver remained at the scene and was visibly distraught about what happened.
Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the two sisters. Despite life-saving efforts 14-year-old Marlene Lorenzo died from her injuries. Her sister Amy Lorenzo was transported to the hospital in critical condition. A Go Fund Me page has been created in order to help with burial expenses and Amy’s future medical expenses.
Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, but they think the driver may have been distracted. According to one girl who saw the accident, the truck driver had his head down.
Police are going to get ahold of the driver’s phone records in order to see if he may have been texting when the accident took place. According to police Detective Moses Castillo, the truck driver claims that he never saw the victims before they were hit.
An investigation into the Exposition Park truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are over 120,000 truck accidents every year. These crashes resulted in over 70,000 injuries. Safety officials identified three scenarios that were causally related to the vast majority of accidents. These include instances where:
- Truck drivers left their travel lane and collided with another vehicle while merging into a separate lane.
- Truck drivers lost control of their vehicle either because of speeding, vehicle system failures or poor road conditions.
- Truck drivers rear-ended slower moving or stalled vehicles.
The evidence with respect to truck accident causes is pretty clear. In the majority of cases fatigue was a factor in the crash. A number of the federal regulations regarding operating commercial trucks can be found in Title 49 of the Civil Code. Truck drivers are supposed to have a commercial license, get adequate sleep and ensure they are not transporting goods higher than the truck’s weight limit. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of potential liability for a truck accident.
Liability In Truck Accidents
Many truck companies are considered “common carriers” under the law. In short, a common carrier is any company that transports goods or people in exchange for money. Common carriers have a great responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and keep an eye out for pedestrians. According to Squaw Valley Ski Corporation v. Superior Court, “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.”
Truck drivers are supposed to pay attention to what’s ahead of them and yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in a lawfully marked crosswalk. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.” Truck drivers that hit pedestrians who have the right of way may face criminal as well as civil liability.
Criminal negligence may occur if a truck driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. According to federal guidelines, the blood alcohol limit for commercial truck drivers is 0.04, as opposed to 0.08 for non-commercial drivers. In addition to drug tests, investigators should also examine a truck driver’s phone records to determine if that may have contributed to the accident. Operating a commercial truck while distracted can be just as deadly as operating a commercial truck while under the influence. Victims of truck accidents can be left with long-term injuries and high medical bills. Here are just a few of the more common injuries associated with truck accidents:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Rib and torso injuries
The family of a victim that died or was injured in a truck accident may have legal recourse under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. The impact of a serious injury truck accident can be devastating for the victims as well as an entire family. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and loss of love. A truck accident attorney can investigate all aspects of your case and let you know what your options are. An attorney can make sure that key pieces of evidence are preserved and that your rights are being protected.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Marlene Lorenzo and Amy Lorenzo. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me account that has been set up for the family as they are going through such a difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. These were wonderful young girls with their whole futures ahead of them. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a truck accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We can investigate your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. Whether you need answers about the cause of an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.