Marvin Hill San Bernardino: Marvin Dale Hill Killed In San Bernardino Car Accident With Semi-Truck On North Waterman Avenue and 34th Street; David Maher Injured In The Truck Accident
SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA (June 16, 2019) – A 64-year-old man identified as Marvin Dale Hill has tragically died after being involved in a car accident with a semi-truck making a u-turn on North Waterman Avenue.
San Bernardino police are saying that the accident took place around 10:00 a.m. The victim was a passenger in a car driven by a 55-year-old man identified as David Maher.
Marvin Dale Hill and David Maher were traveling down the road when a big rig driver began making a U-turn on North Waterman Avenue. The two vehicles collided for reasons that remain under investigation.
San Bernardino police are asking anyone that may have information about the accident to call Detective Holcombe at 909-384-5664. An investigation into the truck accident that killed Marvin Dale Hill remains ongoing.
The Dangers of Trucks Making U-Turns
Nearly 5,000 people are killed every year in truck accidents according to the FMCSA. Most accidents are due to driver fatigue. But a number of collisions take place when truck drivers make risky or even illegal maneuvers on the roadway. Generally speaking, a u-turn is the most dangerous type of maneuver that a truck driver can make. There are a number of reasons why this is the case:
- The driver of any semi-truck has limited visibility when the truck is moving in a straight line. Most of the area around a truck then becomes a giant blind spot as it is making a wide turn.
- Trucks are poorly illuminated on their sides. If a truck driver makes the turn in the early morning hours or late at night other drivers may fail to see them.
- Trucks make u-turns slowly and cars are only able to react so quickly if a massive truck cuts into their lane.
In fact, u-turns are so dangerous that most trucking companies prohibit their drivers from making them. When truck companies do allow their drivers to make u-turns they must give their drivers adequate training about how to make them safely and effectively. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for a truck accident.
Liability In Truck Accidents
Trucks can be extremely dangerous when they are not operated safely. Drivers have a legal responsibility to obey all relevant traffic rules, including those regarding u-turns and left turns. Generally speaking, any driver that makes a u-turn will typically be held at fault if another vehicle hits them at any point during the turning movement. According to California Vehicle Code 21801:
“The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
In addition to negligence on the part of a driver a truck company could also face liability for an accident. Trucking companies have a legal responsibility to hire qualified candidates and to provide them with adequate training. If a truck driver’s poor skills were a result of inadequate or missing training that company could face civil liability as well. Victims of truck accidents are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim may include compensation for lost wages, funeral expenses, medical bills and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. We can investigate what a truck driver was doing before an accident and find out if they broke any laws.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Marvin Dale Hill. We also hope that David Maher is able to recover quickly. Regardless of the circumstances that led up to this crash, there needs to be a thorough investigation into the truck driver that made a u-turn on this road. This seems like a senseless tragedy that could have been prevented had no u-turn been performed. Any person that may have witnessed the crash should reach out to the San Bernardino police as they continue to investigate.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in an accident with a truck driver making a u-turn 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 those rights are being protected. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You are always free to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.