Robert Fletcher Salida; Ryan Lima Salida: 25-year-old Robert Fletcher and 20-year-old Ryan Lima Injured In Car Accident After Hitting Big Rig By Beckwith Road and North Dakota Avenue
MODESTO, CALIFORNIA (January 3, 2018) – Ryan Lima was seriously injured when the SUV he was a passenger in broadsided a big rig truck at the intersection of Beckwith Road and North Dakota Avenue.
Modesto police officers are saying that Robert Fletcher was driving an SUV around 3:40 a.m. when his SUV hit the side of the big rig. Both Robert Fletcher and Ryan Lima were taken to the doctors medical center in critical condition.
There is no word yet on what may have caused the crash. There use to be a traffic signal at the intersection in May of 2015, according to a Google street-view of the intersection.
From December 2016 onward, that traffic signal appears to have been removed.
Liability In Truck Accidents
Truck accidents seriously injure or kill tens of thousands of people every year in the United States. Far too often these accidents are the results of negligence or driver fatigue. When a truck driver causes an accident the company that they work for could face vicarious liability if anyone is injured. In addition to liability on the part of any driver there may also be liability on the part of a city if the accident happened at a dangerous intersection.
Cities like Modesto have a responsibility to design and maintain roads that are reasonably safe. According to the California Civil Code, a dangerous condition is defined as “condition of property that creates a substantial (as distinguished from a minor, trivial or insignificant) risk of injury when such property or adjacent property is used with due care in a manner in which it is reasonably foreseeable that it will be used.” An intersection could be in a dangerous condition if it lacks basic safety features or has a line of sight that is obscured. A car accident attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued.
Getting Help After A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Robert Fletcher and Ryan Lima as they continue to recover from this accident. It is our sincere hope that the city puts in place measures to make this intersection safer. It is highly utilized and there doesn’t appear to be a traffic light. Anyone that may have witnessed what happened should come forward and speak with investigators.
If someone that you love has been injured at a dangerous intersection you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to assist you with whatever you need. We focus exclusively on personal injury claims and are committed to getting our clients justice. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free investigation into your case we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.