Edmundo Beltran West Covina: Edmundo Hernandez Beltran of South Gate Killed In West Covina Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 10 Freeway By The Citrus Street Off-Ramp
WEST COVINA, CALIFORNIA (September 27, 2019) – A 52-year-old truck driver from South Gate identified as Edmundo Hernandez Beltran was killed in a semi-truck accident on the Interstate 10 Freeway near the Citrus Street off-ramp.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 2:50 a.m. There was an earlier report of an accident in the number 4 lane on the freeway.
A Honda Civic was stopped along with two big rigs due to a previous accident. An Old Dominion truck rear-ended the second semi-truck driven by Edmundo Hernandez Beltran. That semi-truck was pushed into the third big rig truck.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of those that were injured. The driver of the Old Dominion truck sustained major injuries including a collapsed lung and a serious brain injury.
Despite life-saving efforts Edmundo Hernandez Beltran later died due to his injuries. An investigation into the West Covina truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
According to one report 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.” Fatigue, in particular, is one of the most common factors behind fatal truck accidents. Based one another study, “over 50% of drivers reported driving while drowsy at least once and 25% reported having actually fallen asleep at the wheel.”
Drowsy driving is incredibly dangerous. In fact, some studies have demonstrated that being awake a total of 18 hours straight reduces driving ability equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.05. There are a number of federal and state regulations designed to make sure that truck drivers get enough sleep. For example, truck drivers are not allowed to work for more than 14 hours in a day or more than 60 hours in a 7 day period. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident.
Liability For Truck Accidents
Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and 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.” Driving according to the prevailing conditions means slowing down during times of adverse weather and decreased visibility.
Truck drivers should also maintain a safe follow distance wit the vehicle ahead of them. According to the California DMV, “To avoid tailgating, use the “3 second rule”: when the vehicle ahead of you passes a certain point, such as a sign, count “one-thousand-one, one-thousand- two, one-thousand-three.” This takes approximately 3 seconds. If you pass the same point before you finish counting, you are following too closely.” There is simply no reason why a truck driver should ever rear-end another vehicle. This is typically fairly strong evidence that a truck driver was either distracted, speeding of fatigued.
There are many technological solutions to prevent rear-end collisions with trucks, but they have not been put in wide use. For example, a number of class 8 trucks are equipped with forward collision mitigation technology. In short, this allows the truck to automatically brake when it senses objects, cars or people stopped in the road. A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs and cause serious damage in the event of an accidents. Victims of truck accidents are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in an accident may be able to receive aid from their employer. For example, truck drivers are protected through worker’s compensation if they are injured or killed on the job. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” If any entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for an accident they could be held liable through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A separate entity could include another trucking company responsible for the accident. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.
Investigating A West Covina Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Edmundo Hernandez Beltran. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol as they continue to investigate. This accident should not have taken place. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability.
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to help you. 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 are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about worker’s compensation we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.