Arthur Brice Corona: Police Officer Arthur Brice, 58, of Moreno Valley Killed In Corona Truck Accident On 91 Freeway After Hitting Detached Big Rig Trailer
CORONA, CALIFORNIA (September 29, 2019) – A 58-year-old off-duty police officer identified as Arthur Brice was tragically killed in a freak accident on the 91 Freeway in Corona after hitting a trailer that became detached from a semi-truck.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 5:00 a.m. Police officer Arthur Brice was heading home after completing his shift at work.
For reasons that remain under investigation the trailer of a big rig was left in the lanes of the freeway. Officer Arthur Brice’s car hit the detached semi-truck trailer causing serious damage to his vehicle.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving efforts the off-duty police officer later died due to his injuries.
Arthur Brice worked in the Gang Unit and was well loved by his police department. An investigation into the semi-truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents
Accidents involving road debris or detached trailers may seem like freak occurrences. But they are actually fairly common. According to one report from Market Watch, “from 2011 through 2014, road debris caused more than 200,000 accidents which resulted in 39,000 personal injuries and 500 fatalities. These accidents lead to thousands of injuries and contribute to hundreds of deaths each year.”
Semi-Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to properly secure their cargo and take steps to avoid their trailers from becoming detached. There are a number of entities that could potentially be at fault if a semi trailer becomes detached and causes an accident:
- The semi-truck driver could be at fault for checking to make sure that their trailer is not properly secured. They could also be at fault for failing to promptly alert authorities after their trailer becomes detached.
- The company that was supposed to load a semi-truck could be at fault for improperly securing the trailer. In many situations, the trailer is not properly loaded because one or more people are rushing.
- A number of trailers become detached as a result of poor maintenance. Parts on a semi-truck wear out over time. The company that was supposed to be maintaining the semi-truck could be at fault if inadequate maintenance led to a failure.
- A truck manufacturer could be liable for an accident if a component part of the truck failed and this led to a trailer becoming detached.
- A city could be liable for an accident if they fail to promptly remove dangerous debris or vehicles from the roadway. Once a city has been given notice of a dangerous condition they must act.
It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. Evidence will ultimately determine what went wrong and who may be at fault for an accident involving a semi-truck trailer that became detached. The family of any victim that is killed in an accident with a semi-truck is protected by a number of laws. They may be able to seek justice under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, 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.
Investigating A Semi-Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Officer Arthur Brice. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. Measures need to be put in place to help prevent accidents like this in the future. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation.