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UPDATE: Cristina Araujo Died In Lancaster Semi-Truck Accident By Avenue E and 90th Street


Aug 11, 2019

Cristina Araujo Lancaster: Cristina Araujo Died In Lancaster Semi-Truck Accident By Avenue E and 90th Street

LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA (August 10, 2019) – A 19-year-old woman identified as Cristina Araujo has tragically died in a semi-truck accident by the intersection of Avenue E and 90th Street.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 11:32 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation the semi-truck and the car carrying Cristina Araujo collided.

Lancaster police are saying that Cristina Araujo was seriously injured in the accident and had to be taken to the hospital. Despite life-saving measures she was later pronounced dead. 

The semi-truck driver involved in the accident remained at the scene and cooperated with police. 

Liability In Semi-Truck accidents

According to one study from the FMCSA, “Fatigue, drinking alcohol, and speeding are major factors in motor vehicle crashes overall. Although their presence does not always result in a crash, these three factors, as well as other driver, vehicle, and environmental factors, can increase the risk that a crash will occur. In the LTCCS, ‘causation’ is defined in terms of the factors that are most likely to increase the risk that large trucks will be involved in serious crashes.”

Truck drivers are held to a much higher standard overall in terms of driving safely. This includes rules with respect to how much a truck driver can drink before being considered legally intoxicated. Under California and federal law a truck driver with a BAC of 0.04 of higher is considered legally intoxicated. This is half the level set for civilian drivers. There are a number of entities that could potentially face liability for an accident involving a commercial truck including:

  • The truck driver
  • The owner of the truck or trailer
  • The person that leased the truck from its owner
  • The manufacturer of the truck or its component parts
  • The shipper or loader that packed a truck

Trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs and are very different to drive than regular cars. Drivers must have a commercial license and special training. The family of any victim that died due to the negligence of a truck driver may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover a variety of items including funeral expenses, lost wages, 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. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cristina Araujo. 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 reach out to the Lancaster police department as they continue searching for answers. It is our sincere hope that city officials will take measures to make this intersection safer.

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