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SACRAMENTO: Roselyn Sharma and Shalvinesh Sharma Missing After Tow-Truck Accident With Truck off the Pioneer Bridge On Highway 50


Mar 29, 2019

Roselyn Sharma and Shalvinesh Sharma Accident: Couple That Owned Towing Company Missing After Accident With Semi-Truck On The Pioneer Memorial Bridge On Highway 50 –> Support The Family’s Go Fund Me Page

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (March 28, 2019) – Family members of  Roselyn Sharma and Shalvinesh Sharma fear that they may have been in the tow truck that went off Pioneer Memorial Bridge into the Sacramento River.

California Highway Patrol are saying that a big rig crashed into the tow truck around 8:30 p.m. and sent it over the bridge’s guardrail. The tow truck fell about 100 feet before hitting the river. 

Roselyn Sharma and Shalvinesh Sharma both own Justin’s Towing of Sacramento, which they named after their son. Search crews were eventually able to rescue the tow truck involved in the accident 30 feet under water. 

The recovery mission has been pushed back because of how fast the Sacramento River was running. Family members want to know if Roselyn Sharma and Shalvinesh Sharma managed to survive the crash.

Anyone that may have information should reach out to the Sacramento police department. Tow truck drivers experienced with the route that the victims took are saying that there are a number of close calls between trucks and passenger cars on the bridge. 

An investigation into the Sacramento tow truck accident remains ongoing. You can support the family of the victim by donating to their Go Fund Me page. 

Causes of Truck Accidents 

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, around 1 in ten fatal accidents involve a large truck. They write, “Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles underriding trucks in crashes.” Because of their much larger size braking and maneuvering large commercial trucks can be very difficult. 

The FMCSA lists fatigue as the leading cause of fatal accidents. There are federal guidelines about how much truck drivers are allowed to be on the road. These rules are set up to ensure drivers are well rested and alert. But these rules are not always followed. For example, a truck driver could work full time driving and then do some job part time. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for a truck accident. 

Liability In Truck Accidents

Truck drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles with a high level of caution. Because of their weight and size, a commercial truck can cause much more devastation than a passenger vehicle. If a truck driver is negligent they or the company they work for may face civil liability. A number of people are seriously injured or killed every year in rear-end collisions involving commercial trucks. There is simply no reason that these types of accidents should happen.

All drivers are supposed to maintain a safe distance with the vehicle ahead of them. Even if the lead vehicle stops abruptly a good driver should be able to see what’s happening slow down and prevent an accident. In most situations, a driver that rear-ends another vehicle will be held at fault. It’s important to make sure that evidence is preserved following a crash. Most commercial trucks have event data recorders (EDRs). These can give investigators useful information about the truck including: 

  • Vehicle Speed
  • Engine Speed
  • Throttle Position
  • Brake Status

Victims of truck accidents – or their family – may be able to seek justice through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. This law allows a victim’s next of kin – including children – to recover damages to help them following an accident. This may include compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, truck companies will often try to deny liability following an accident. A truck accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. 

Getting Answers After A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Roselyn Sharma and Shalvinesh Sharma as they continue to search for the two victims. Anyone that may have seen what happened should come forward and speak with investigators. There needs to be some accountability on the part of the truck driver that knocked their tow truck into the river. The family of the victims deserves answers. 

Have you or someone that you love been involved in an accident with a commercial truck? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can help you get answers about what may have caused an accident and work to make sure that your rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking answers following a collision we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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