Valerio Estrada Petaluma: Valerio Estrada Killed In Petaluma Semi-Truck Accident While Riding Tricycle On Lakeville Street near U.S. Highway 101
PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA (October 25, 2019) – A man from Petaluma identified as Valerio Estrada was tragically killed in a semi-truck accident on Lakeville Street near U.S. Highway 101.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 12:20 p.m. A total of two semi-trucks may have been involved in the accident.
They kept driving after the initial accident but were later flagged down by motorists and remained at the scene. By the time police arrived at the scene of the accident Valerio Estrada had died due to his injuries.
There is an ongoing investigation into what may have caused the accident that killed Valerio Estrada. Any person that may have seen what happened is encouraged to reach out to the Petaluma police department at (707) 776-3722.
Liability In Petaluma Semi-Truck Accidents
Many truck companies are considered common carriers under the law. As such they have a heavy responsibility to operate their vehicles and take steps to prevent accidents. According to Acosta v. Southern California Rapid Transit Dist, “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.” Here are just a few of the most common reasons that truck accidents take place:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
Motorcyclists and tricycle riders are at a particularly high risk of being involved in accidents. They have a much smaller profile and are often overlooked by other drivers. This is especially true with respect to semi-trucks because their blind spots are so large.
Truck drivers are supposed to check their blind spots and mirrors before a lane change but this doesn’t always happen. According to California Vehicle Code 22107, “No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.” It’s never a good sign if a truck driver keeps going after an accident. Far too often this is a strong indicator that a truck driver was not paying attention.
The family of any victim that died in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through California Civil Code 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills, loss of love and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. Most commercial trucks are equipped with event data recorders. A truck accident attorney can examine this and all relevant evidence free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve about what happened.
Investigating A Petaluma Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Valerio Estrada who died in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a semi-truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of the rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation to get to the bottom of what caused an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.