Victor Uvalles San Jose: Motorcyclist Victor Uvalles Died In Rock Hauler Truck Accident On Interstate 280 Freeway
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (April 21, 2019) – A man identified as Victor Uvalles has tragically died after he fell off his motorcycle on the Interstate 280 freeway and was run over by a double-trailer rock hauler truck.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 3:15 p.m. by Race Street. San Jose police officials do not believe that any other cars were involved.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help Victor Uvalles, but he was later pronounced dead due to his injuries.
An investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Preventing Truck Accidents
Nearly 4,000 people are killed every year in truck accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “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.” There are a number of steps that truck drivers should take in order to avoid accidents.
- Truck drivers are incentivized to complete their routes as quickly as possible. But this is not always conducive to safe driving. In order for truck drivers to be safe, they need to follow other vehicles at a safe distance.
- Truck drivers should also maintain visibility with other vehicles. Trucks have enormous blind spots that can make an SUV disappear. A number of collisions take place when truck drivers make dangerous lane changes.
When a truck driver hits a vehicle that has been involved in an accident that may be indicative that they were driving too fast. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple forms of liability.
Liability In Truck Accidents
Every truck driver is supposed to keep their eyes on the road and drive according to the prevailing conditions. 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.” Driving the speed limit during times of low visibility or high traffic may be dangerous. According to the FMCSA, there are ten major factors associated with truck accidents including:
- 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
Truck drivers that are negligent and cause an accident may face civil liability.The family of a victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil procedure 377.60. A truck accident attorney can investigate your claim free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. Most commercial trucks are equipped with event data recorders (EDR). These can give a great deal of insight into what a truck driver was doing right before a crash.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Victor Uvalles. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. Any person that may have seen what happened should contact the CHP.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We care deeply that accident victims and their families get the support that they need. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free police report about a specific accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.