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PALMDALE: Omar Dominguez Ortiz Killed In Garbage Truck Accident By Avenue M and 20th Street East


Sep 26, 2019

Omar Ortiz Palmdale: Omar Dominguez Ortiz, 40, of San Bernardino Killed In Palmdale Garbage Truck Accident By Avenue M and 20th Street East

PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA (September 25, 2019) – A 40-year-old man identified as Omar Dominguez Ortiz tragically died in a Waste Management garbage truck accident by the intersection of Avenue M and 20th Street East.

Palmdale police are saying that the trash truck accident took place around 11:50 a.m. on Thursday. Omar Dominguez Ortiz was driving in a Honda Fit eastbound when the Waste Management garbage truck made a left turn from 20th Street East directly in front of his car. 

Omar Dominguez Ortiz’s Honda fit hit the side of the Waste Management garbage truck. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. He was transported to the Antelope Valley Hospital in order to receive treatment.

Despite life-saving efforts Omar Dominguez Ortiz was later pronounced dead at the hospital. An investigation into the Palmdale Waste Management garbage truck accident remains ongoing at this time.

Safety Concerns With Garbage Trucks 

A fully loaded garbage truck can weigh as much as 51,000 lbs. They can be very difficult to stop and they have large blind spots. Garbage truck drivers must be properly trained and receive the right credentials in order to be able to do their job safely. There are a number of factors that can contribute to garbage truck accidents including:

  • Fatigue
  • Inclement weather
  • Speeding
  • Driver distraction
  • Driver intoxication
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway

There is ample evidence to show that private garbage truck companies are often more dangerous than their public counterparts. For example, there have been reports of private garbage truck drivers being forced to work long hours to the point of being fatigued. They may also receive a lot of pressure to complete their routs as quickly as possible without a concern for safety. Depending on the facts of any particular case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a garbage truck accident. 

Liability For Palmdale Garbage Truck Accidents

Garbage truck operators have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner according to the prevailing conditions. Like emergency vehicles, however, they have greater freedom to make certain maneuvers that smaller vehicles cannot. For example, certain portions of Vehicle Code Section 21509 would not apply to them. This allows garbage truck operators to travel in bike paths, travel down one-way streets in the wrong direction and stop behind a row of cars that are diagonally parked. 

Such exemptions do not relieve garbage truck drivers from their duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all other persons on the road. When garbage trucks are making left turns they must still yield the right of way to other drivers close enough so as to pose a hazard. According to California Vehicle Code  21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement.”

If a garbage truck driver makes an unprotected left turn thereby causing an accident the company that they work for may be found at fault. The family of any victim that dies in a garbage truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, garbage truck companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any accident. A truck accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and make sure that evidence is being preserved so that your rights are being protected. 

Investigating A Garbage Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Omar Dominguez Ortiz as they are going through such an incredibly difficult time. Any person that may have seen the accident should come forward for the sake of the victim’s family. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent additional accidents like this. 

If you or someone that you care about has been harmed due to the negligence of a garbage truck company there are a number of laws designed to protect you. Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that public safety is advanced to prevent additional accidents. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation into a particular incident we are here for you. You are always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. Se Habla Español.

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