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RAINBOW: Jorge Vazquez Killed In Semi-Truck Accident By The Intersection of Rainbow Valley Boulevard and Old Highway 395

Jul 25, 2019

Jorge Vazquez Rainbow (Silvia Campos, Silvana Injured): Jorge Vazquez Killed In Rainbow Semi-Truck Accident By The Intersection of Rainbow Valley Boulevard and Old Highway 395 –> Support The Family Through Go Fund Me

RAINBOW, CALIFORNIA (July 25, 2019) – A 13-year-old boy identified as Jorge Vazquez has tragically died in a semi-truck accident that critically injured his mother and 6-year-old sister by the intersection of Rainbow Valley Boulevard and Old Highway 395.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 4:34 p.m. Authorities believe that vehicle carrying Jorge Vazquez and his family was turning onto Old Highway 35 from Rainbow Valley Boulevard.

The Honda Pilot carrying Silvia Campos, Silvana and Jorge Vazquez was hit by the semi-truck carrying two rock hauling trailers and pushed into an overhead light. Both vehicles sustained major front end damage. 

The force of the impact also caused a small brush fire in the area which was later put out. The victim’s mother was taken to the Palomar Hospital with major injuries and the 6-year-old girl in the car had to be airlifted to the Rady Children’s Hospital. 

Despite life-saving efforts Jorge Vazquez later died due to his injuries. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help all of the victims.

According to the Go Fund Me page, “Jorge was just going to start high school at Fallbrook Union High this August and he aspired to one day be a mechanic. Anything will help out the Vazquez’s family and will be dearly appreciated. We can not leave all the expenses to be dealt with the hurting Father.”

Designing Roads To Be Safe

Nearly 35,000 people die every year in accidents with commercial trucks. According to the FMCSA, what follows are the top ten critical factors associated with fatal truck accidents: 

  • Brake problems
  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

But many accidents are not caused solely by the fault of a truck driver. A number of accidents are caused by dangerous intersections. An intersection could be dangerous if it lacks adequate signs or if there is a poor line of sight. Cities are supposed to help fix intersections that could pose a hazard to drivers, but this does not always happen. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident? 

Liability In Truck Accidents

Truck drivers are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. They must operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions of the road and take steps to prevent accidents. According to 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.”

A city may also face civil liability for an accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition.” When a city is given constructive notice about a dangerous intersection they should take steps to study the problem and correct it. If a city fails to correct a dangerous condition on public property they could be held liable in the event of an accident. 

The family of any person that is injured in a truck accident that occurred at a dangerous intersection may have legal recourse through a municipal negligence claim. Damages in a municipal negligence claim can help cover all of a victim’s medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, cities will often fight tooth and nail to deny responsibility for an accident on one of their roads. A truck accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jorge Vazquez as they are going through an incredibly difficult time. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol as they continue to investigate. It is our sincere hope that many people will donate to the Go Fund Me set up to help this family. Rainbow city officials need to wake up and take measures to make this intersection safer. A street light at the intersection may have easily prevented this tragedy. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in an 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 their rights and that steps are taken to help make our communities and roads safer. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into 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. Se Habla Español.

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