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UPDATE: Anthony Mora Killed In Pittsburg Motorcycle Accident With Truck By West Leland Road and Southwood Drive


Jul 9, 2019

Anthony Mora Pittsburg: Anthony Mora From Oakland Killed In Pittsburg Motorcycle Accident With Truck By West Leland Road and Southwood Drive

PITTSBURG, CALIFORNIA (July 9, 2019) – A 36-year-old motorcyclist identified as Anthony Mora has tragically died in a truck accident while riding a motorcycle by the intersection of West Leland Road and Southwood Drive.

Pittsburg police are saying that the victim was hit on Friday at around 6:20 a.m. Anthony Mora was traveling down West Leland Road as the truck driver was turning onto the street from Southwood Drive. 

Anthony Mora collided with the truck as it was turning and was ejected from the motorcycle. The truck driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with authorities. 

Pittsburg police do not believe that either drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. The intersection remained closed for several hours as an investigation continued. 

Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

According to one report from the FMCSA, there are hundreds of factors associated with truck accidents. But there are ten in particular that account for the vast majority of injury accidents.

  • 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
  • Fatigue

Driving a semi-truck is much more difficult than driving a non-commercial vehicle. This is why truck drivers need a special license and adequate training. Truck drivers are put under enormous pressure to make all of their deliveries on time.  More than anything else, truck driver fatigue is positively associated with accidents. 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 keep an eye out for other vehicles. This includes yielding the right of way to other vehicles before making turns. 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.” Unfortunately, motorcyclists often get overlooked because of their small profile. 

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Image Source: Truck Smart: Avoiding Blind Spots

Trucks also tend to have large blind spots that can make it difficult for drivers to see oncoming vehicles. This is why everyone is taught to avoid driving next to semi-trucks. Determining if a truck driver made a dangerous maneuver can be a difficult proposition. Surveillance footage can help reveal what led up to an accident. But it’s not always available. Accident reconstruction can help piece together the moments immediately before a crash and reveal who was at fault. 

The family of any victim that died due to the negligence of a truck driver is able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A victim’s next of kin could include their children, siblings, parents and spouse. Unfortunately, truck companies will often work hard to deny liability after an accident. It’s also important evidence and eye witness testimony is preserved. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and make sure that your rights are being protected. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Anthony Mora. Any person that may have seen the accident should come forward and speak to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this. 

If you or someone that you care about 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 may have about the law. We take great pride in helping to make sure that accident victims are able to make informed decisions. Whether you need a free police report about a particular accident or just have questions about your rights following a collision we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.

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