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UPDATE: Efrain Espinoza Killed In Los Angeles Hit-And-Run Truck Accident On Sepulveda Boulevard By Pico Boulevard


Oct 21, 2019

Efrain Espinoza Los Angeles: Efrain Espinoza Killed In Los Angeles Hit-And-Run Truck Accident On Sepulveda Boulevard By Pico Boulevard –> Support The Family Through Go Fund Me

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (October 12, 2019) – A father of five identified as Efrain Espinoza has tragically died in a hit-and-run truck accident near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard by Pico Boulevard.

Los Angeles police are saying that the driver of the Penske truck hit the victim near the intersection. Efrain Espinoza was crossing the street trying to catch a bus when he was hit. 

The Penske driver that hit the victim fled the scene and was later apprehended by police. Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim.

Despite life-saving efforts Efrain Espinoza died due to his injuries. He worked as a construction worker and gardener before the accident and was well loved by those that knew him.

You can help support the family of the victim by donating to their Go Fund Me

Liability In Los Angeles Truck Accidents

Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and to yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in lawfully marked crosswalks. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.” Depending on the type of truck involved in the accident different forms of liability may apply. 

Under the federal statute commonly known as the Graves Amendment companies that lease vehicles are typically immune from civil liability for the negligent conduct of their lessees. This will typically include truck rental companies such as u-haul and car rental companies such as enterprise. There are, however, a few loopholes to consider. Under 49 U.S.C. 30106 immunity will only be granted if the vehicle’s owner was in the trade or business of leasing vehicles. 

If, however, a moving company was operating the truck involved in the accident that company could be found liable. Generally speaking, companies are responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There is also the possibility that a company like Penske could be held liable for an accident under the legal theory of negligent entrustment. This could happen if a truck rental company leased a vehicle out to someone who had a suspended license or who was visibly intoxicated. 

The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. Potential claimants in a civil matter will typically include the victim’s spouse, children and siblings. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. 

Investigating A Los Angeles Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Efrain Espinoza. We strongly encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me set up to assist them. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the LAPD as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. 

Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. 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 and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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