Emmett MacCorkle Casa Dorinda: 77-Year-Old Emmett Wallace MacCorkle From Santa Barbara Died In Motecito Truck Accident While Walking Along Hot Springs Road As A 2014 Hino Box Truck Was Backing Up
MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA (March 3, 2019) – A 77-year-old member of the Casa Dorinda retirement community identified as Emmett Wallace MacCorkle tragically died after being backed over by a 2014 Hino delivery truck on Hot Springs Road.
A 55-year-old man driving the delivery truck had just finished making a delivery and was leaving the a home located on 300 Hot Springs Road. The truck driver began backing up around 10:25 a.m. and hit Emmett Wallace MacCorkle.
The truck driver realized that he hit a person and remained at the scene. Paramedics were called in order to help the victim. However, he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.
There is an ongoing investigation into the events that led up to the Casa Dorinda truck accident.
Liability In Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an estimated 4,500 people are killed every year in truck accidents. It has been reported that “Single-vehicle crashes (including crashes that involved a bicyclist, pedestrian, nonmotorized vehicle, etc.) made up 22 percent of all fatal crashes, 14 percent of all injury crashes, and 24 percent of all property damage only crashes involving large trucks in 2016. The majority (62 percent) of fatal large truck crashes involved two vehicles.” There are a number of factors positively associated with large truck crashes, but these are the top ten:
- 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 is the number one factor related to truck accidents. Truck drivers often have side jobs in addition to working many hours throughout the week. Adherence to common safety rules tends to wind down when fatigue sets in. This can be especially deadly with respect to back up accidents. Truck drivers are supposed to scan their environment and make sure that there is no one behind them when backing up.
Caution is particularly important in retirement communities. Elderly people are particularly at risk in pedestrian accidents. When a truck driver acts negligently and kills a pedestrian their family can hold the driver accountable through a wrongful death claim. Damages can include compensation for funeral expenses, loss of love and emotional trauma. A wrongful death attorney can investigate your claim free of charge and make sure that your rights are being protected following an accident.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Emmett Wallace MacCorkle. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Montecito police department as they continue their investigation. It is so important that drivers are cautious in retirement communities. Had this truck driver actually gotten out of his vehicle and looked to see what was behind him this may have been avoided in the first place.
Has someone that you love died due to the negligence of a delivery truck driver. You may be able to seek justice under California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Our team of personal injury lawyers can answer any of your legal questions and get to the bottom of what caused your accident. We are deeply committed to making sure that accident victims get justice and that companies are held accountable for their actions. Whether you need a free police report or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.