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UPDATE: Francisco Carranza Killed In Truck Accident While Riding Bicycle In Los Angeles On West Santa Monica Boulevard


Nov 9, 2018

Francisco Carranza Accident: 34-year-old Francisco Guzman Carranza Died In Car Accident After Being Hit By Truck In West Los Angeles While Bicycling On Santa Monica Boulevard

 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (November 9, 2018) A 34-year-old man riding a bicycle identified as Francisco Guzman Carranza was tragically killed after he was hit by a truck as he was riding a bicycle on West Santa Monica Boulevard.

Los Angeles police are saying that the accident happened around 9:40 a.m. according to the LA County Coroner. It remains unclear exactly how the accident took place.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene in order to help Francisco Carranza. But he was later pronounced dead due to his injuries.

Los Angeles police are asking anyone that may have scene the bicycle accident to come forward and speak with them.

Staying Safe Around Trucks As A Bicyclist

It has been estimated that nearly 5,000 pedestrians and cyclists are killed every year by trucks. It’s important that both truck drivers and cyclists are well informed of safety rules in order to avoid accidents. Here are just a few safety precautions that cyclists should take in order to avoid  getting hit.

  • Cyclists should not stop next to the right side of a truck at an intersection. Trucks make wide right turns and it’s easy to get run over if you are not careful. As a general rule of thumb cyclists should stay at least 3 feet away from sedans and trucks.

  • Stay away from the side of trucks no matter what lane you are in. Trucks have large blind spots that are big enough to make cars disappear. Being next to the side of a truck as a cyclist is extremely dangerous.

  • Avoid passing trucks when traffic is stopped unless you can be completely clear of the truck before an intersection. In general, it’s simply not a good idea to pass trucks on their right side at all.

Pedestrian accidents can leave victims with traumatic injuries and often result in death. It’s important to contact an experienced truck accident attorney if you have been involved in a collision. There are laws designed to protect your rights. An attorney can conduct a thorough investigation into what happened and let you know what all of your options are.

Liability In Truck Accidents

Depending on the facts of the case, there are a number of entities that could potentially face liability for the truck accident that killed Francisco Carranza. Police will need to examine the behavior of the truck driver leading up to the crash. Most intersections are equipped with traffic cameras that can be used by police to help determine liability. A number of truck drivers get distracted by their cell phones or by GPS. Fatigue plays a large role in truck accidents as well. Drivers are often expected to work gruelling hours and keep up with unrealistic schedule expectations.

But not all accidents are completely the fault of a human driver. Street design and maintenance can contribute to accidents as well. This is of particular importance for pedestrians in Los Angeles County. Consider, for example, this map of some of the most dangerous intersections in Los Angeles.

When a pedestrian is killed in a car accident due to a dangerous defect in the roadway the city may face civil liability. A truck accident attorney can conduct an investigation into the road where the crash took place. Victims may be entitled to damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting A Police Report After A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Francisco Carranza. It is our sincere hope that anyone that may have seen the accident will step forward and contact police officers for the sake of the victims family. City officials should investigate the intersection to determine if it is in a dangerous condition.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a Los Angeles truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here for you. We can investigate your case and let you know what your options are. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and are committed to getting our clients justice. Whether you need a police report after an accident or you just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can contact us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. La West Media. Authorities Identify Bicyclist Hit by Truck and Killed in West Los Angeles. November 9, 2018
  2. I Am Traffic. What Cyclists Need To Know About Trucks. 2018

Related Terms:  Francisco Carranza Accident,  Francisco Carranza Los Angeles,  Francisco Carranza Death, Francisco Guzman Carranza

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