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SAN FRANCISCO: Juhmoni Thompson Crain Killed In Bay Bridge Truck Accident With Golden Gate Transit Bus On The Westbound 1-80 Near Oakland

May 31, 2019

Juhmoni Crain San Franciso: Passenger From Hayward Identified As Juhmoni Thompson Crain Died In Bay Bridge Truck Accident With Bus On Interstate 80 Freeway By Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (May 30, 2019) – A truck passenger identified as Juhmoni Thompson Crain has tragically died in an accident after the truck he was in rear-ended a Golden Gate Transit bus on the Bay Bridge. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the truck accident took place around 4:30 a.m. on the Interstate 80 freeway. The box truck was carrying two other people besides Juhmoni Thompson Crain.

The Golden Gate Transit bus had two people on it when the accident took place. Two people on the bus were injured and had to be taken to the hospital following the bus accident. 

The CHP shut down multiple lanes of traffic on the bay bridge as they investigate. A picture of the box truck involved in the accident shows the front compartment completely crushed in. 

Despite life-saving efforts Juhmoni Thompson Crain later died due to his injuries. 

Causes of Truck Accidents

According to one report from the NHTSA, “there were approximately 120,000 fatal and injury crashes nationwide during the 33-month study period that involved at least one large truck; 141,000 large trucks were involved in those crashes. Each of the 963 LTCCS study cases was assigned a sampling weight, which allows for national estimates of total fatal and injury truck crashes during the study period.” There are many risk factors associated with truck accidents:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Speeding
  • Unfamiliarity with the roadway
  • Brake problems
  • Overloaded truck

Driver fatigue in particular is the number one cause of truck accidents. Truck drivers are pushed incredibly hard to work long hours. There are a number of regulations from the FMCSA and the Department of Regulation with respect to how many hours a truck driver can work. But these rules are often ignored. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple forms of liability following a truck accident. 

Liability In Truck Accidents 

Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and take steps to make sure that they don’t cause another accident. A number of collisions are caused by truck drivers that fail to stop for slowing traffic. There is simply no excuse for this. According to the California DMV handbook: 

” Scanning your surroundings (keeping your eyes moving) includes keeping a safe distance around your vehicle. When another driver makes a mistake, you need time to react. Give yourself this reaction time by keeping enough space on all sides of your vehicle. This space will give you room to brake or maneuver if necessary.”

A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh over 10,000 lbs and cause serious damage in the event of an accident. Any person that is injured on the job may have the ability to recover damages through worker’s compensation. This includes death benefits to a deceased worker’s next of kin. In addition to worker’s compensation, the family of any person that died in a truck accident may have the possibility to file a third party liability claim. 

If a worker was killed due to the negligence of a company separate from their employer their family may be able to recover damages through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, funeral costs, medical bills and emotional trauma. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. Trucks are typically equipped with event data recorders (EDRs) which can help authorities determine what went wrong immediately before an accident. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Juhmoni Thompson Crain and all those involved in this bus accident. Any person that may have seen this accident on the Bay Bridge should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that safety measures are put in place to prevent similar accidents in the future. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a truck or bus accident there are number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you 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 a free police report about a specific incident or just have legal questions we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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