Diana Sunoskie San Bernardino: 72-Year-Old Diana Sue Sunoskie Died In Truck Accident On Highway 18 Not Far From Waterman Canyon Road
SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA (April 28, 2019) – A 72-year-old Crestline woman identified as Diana Sue Sunoskie has tragically died following a multi-vehicle car accident with a parked big rig truck on Highway 18.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 12:30 p.m. Diana Sue Sunoskie was a passenger in a Ford Ranger on Upper Waterman Canyon Road.
For reasons that remain under investigation, the Ford Ranger collided with a tractor-trailer truck that was parked by the side of Highway 18. The driver of the tractor trailer received minor injuries.
Despite life-saving efforts, Diana Sue Sunoskie died due to her injuries. CHP officials are asking anyone that may have seen what happened to reach out to them.
Liability In Accidents With Parked Semi-Trucks
According to 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.”A number of these accidents involve collisions with parked trucks. Contrary to many people’s intuitions, there are in fact a number of cases where a truck driver or trucking company could face liability for an accident.
- Illegal Parking: Truck drivers are only supposed to pull over to the side of the road when there is an actual emergency. One truck company recently settled a lawsuit after a woman was killed when she hit the back of a parked semi-truck. In discovery it was determined that the truck driver pulled his vehicle to the side of the road so that he could urinate.
- Inadequate Parking: Truck drivers are supposed to pull their vehicles completely off the road when they stop. If a parked truck is at least partially occupying a roadway this could be a lethal hazard for other drivers.
- Inadequate Warning: According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulations, trucks that become disabled by the side of the road are supposed to warn other drivers with safety devices. For example, truck drivers should either set out flares or triangular orange reflectors at intervals of 50 feet from the location of the stopped truck.
- Prohibited Roads: There are many roads across the United States that prohibit the use of trucks. This may include residential areas or on streets that have posted weight limits.
Truck drivers or the company that they work for could face liability for an accident. This is possible under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior. Companies are generally liable for the negligent actions of their employees when those employees are working within the full course and scope of their employment. According to the Cornell Law School legal dictionary, “Typically when respondeat superior is invoked, a plaintiff will look to hold both the employer and the employee liable. As such, a court will generally look to the doctrine of joint and several liability when assigning damages.”
The family of a victim that died in an accident with a parked truck may have legal recourse under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages may include compensation for lost wages, funeral expenses and emotional trauma. A truck accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your options are. We can get to the bottom of what happened and let you know if a truck driver violated any safety regulations.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Diana Sue Sunoskie. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the CHP as they continue to investigate. Why was this truck parked on the side of the road and could this accident potentially have been prevented?
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have about your rights. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can always reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.