Aaron Barton Perris: 28-Year-Old Man From Murrieta Died In Semi-Truck Accident While Riding Motorcycle On 215 Freeway Near Ethanac Road
PERRIS, CALIFORNIA (June 3, 2019) – A 28-year-old motorcyclist identified as Aaron Barton has tragically died in a truck accident on the 215 Freeway not far from Ethanac Road.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the fatal accident took place around 7:55 p.m. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to help Aaron Barton.
Despite life-saving efforts he was later pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
All lanes of the 215 Freeway were reopened around 10:37 p.m. An investigation into the accident that killed Aaron Barton remains ongoing at this time.
Causes of Truck Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,286 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2016. Even if a motorcycle driver is perfectly safe, they are always at risk of being overlooked by less careful drivers. This is especially true with respect to semi-trucks. There is a reason that we were all taught to avoid semi-trucks on the freeway.
Semi-trucks tend to have very large blinds spots that could easily make an SUV disappear. A number of collisions take place when truck drivers make dangerous or illegal lane changes. Depending on the facts of any case in particular, a truck driver may face civil liability for an accident.
Liability In Truck Accidents
Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to drive with extra caution and attempt to avoid accidents whenever possible. According to the California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Truck drivers are also supposed to use their turning signals to give an appropriate warning before changing lanes. If a truck driver failed to operate their vehicle safely and caused an accident they or the company that they work for could face civil liability. Companies are generally responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as the employee was working within the course and scope of their job duties.
California is a “comparative negligence” state when determining liability in accidents. Even if a driver is partially at fault for an accident, the victim or their family may still have legal recourse. The family of a victim that died in a motorcycle accident may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A truck accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with pursuing a claim, so it’s important to act quickly.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Aaron Barton. Any person that may have witnessed this accident should come forward and speak with police. It is our sincere hope that safety measures will be put in place to help prevent similar accidents in the future.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a Perris truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that the public is aware of their rights and that they are not being taken advantage of. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free police report about a particular accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.