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UPDATE: Douglas Thatcher Killed In Pasadena Motorcycle Accident With Cement Truck On 210 Freeway By Hill Avenue


Jul 19, 2019

Doug Thatcher Pasadena Cement Truck Accident: Motorcyclist Douglas Thatcher Killed In Pasadena Cement Truck Accident On 210 Freeway By Hill Avenue

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA (July 18. 2019) – A motorcyclist identified as Douglas Thatcher has tragically died in an accident with a semi-truck on the 210 Freeway not far from Hill Avenue. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 12:30 p.m. in the number 1 lane. At least three vehicles were involved in the accident that killed Douglas Thatcher.

A Volkswagen collided with a motorcycle which was then run over by a cement truck. The driver of the semi-truck and the Volkswagen only sustained minor injuries in the crash. 

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the 210 freeway by Hill Avenue in order to help Douglas Thatcher. Despite life-saving efforts he was later pronounced dead at the scene. 

An investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this point. 

Preventing Truck Accidents

According to the FMCSA, “4,564 lives lost in 4,079 crashes involving large trucks or buses; fatalities increased 5% from 2015, and fatal crashes increased 6%.” There are a number of measures that both truck drivers and motorists can use to help prevent accidents:

  • Avoid the blind spots on trucks
  • Give trucks plenty of space
  • Truck drivers must get adequate sleep
  • Truck drivers must follow other vehicles at a safe distance

The vast majority of truck accidents are completely preventable. In fact, it has been estimated that nearly 94% of all crashes could be avoided if traffic rules were followed consistently. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident. 

Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents

All truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions of the road. 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.”

Truck drivers must keep a sufficient distance between themselves and the vehicle ahead of them. Even if a vehicle stops abruptly or a motorcyclist is knocked off of their motorcycle a truck driver should normally be able to stop in time. But the fact is that many truck drivers aren’t paying as close attention to the road as they should be. Here are just a few of the most common reasons for truck accidents according to the FMCSA

  • 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

If a truck driver is negligent and kills another motorist their family may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Eligible family members may include a victim’s children, spouse, parents and siblings. Damages can help cover medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses and emotional trauma. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. 

Investigating A Semi-Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Douglas Thatcher who died in this horrific accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a car accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the justice and support that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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