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UPDATE: Jorge Abonce Garcia Killed In Gilroy Cement Truck Accident On Highway 25 Near Bolsa Road


Oct 18, 2019

Jorge Garcia Gilroy: Jorge Abonce Garcia of San Juan Bautista  Killed In Gilroy Cement Truck Accident With Semi-Truck On Highway 25 Near Bolsa Road

GILROY, CALIFORNIA (October 18, 2019) -A 49-year-old cement truck driver identified as Jorge Abonce Garcia has tragically died in a semi-truck accident on Highway 25 not far from Bolsa Road. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place as Jorge Abonce Garcia was traveling down Highway 25. A big rig truck began making a left-hand turn from a business onto Highway 25 in heavy fog conditions. 

Jorge Abonce Garcia was unable to slow down fast enough and collided with the semi-truck that was making a left-turn. The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured in the crash. 

Paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to help the cement truck driver. Despite life-saving measures Jorge Abonce Garcia later died due to his injuries. 

Police were called to the scene in order to investigate. There was around 200 feet of oil and fuel left in the roadway. 

Liability In Gilroy Cement Truck Accidents

All truck drivers must operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions. 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.” Fog reduces visibility and distorts perceptions. It’s important that drivers traveling through fog take extra precautions before turning. Trucks already have very large blind spots. 

Diagram showing commercial truck driver's blind spots.

Image Source: CA DMV

Truck drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to other drivers before making a left turn. According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement.” Truck drivers that make left turns in front of other vehicles before an accident are likely to be held at fault. There are a number of reasons why truck drivers might make a dangerous left turn:

  • The truck driver may be fatigued
  • The truck driver may be intoxicated
  • The truck driver may be distracted
  • The truck driver’s vision may be obscured by inclement weather

If a worker is injured in a car accident they or their family may have legal recourse through the worker’s compensation system. 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.” This includes death benefits. If a third party like another truck caused the accident a deceased worker’s family may also have recourse through a wrongful death claim.

Damages in a wrongful death claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. According to California’s wrongful death statute potential claimants in a civil matter may include a victim’s spouse, children, siblings or parents. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are statute of limitations associated with being able to file a civil claim. It is therefore important to act quickly. 

Investigating A Gilroy Semi-Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Jorge Abonce Garcia. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol. There needs to be some accountability for this accident. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a pedestrian 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 worker’s and their families are aware of their rights so that they can make the best decisions for themselves. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

UPDATE: Jorge Abonce Garcia Killed In Gilroy Cement Truck Accident On Highway 25 Near Bolsa Road

UPDATE: Jorge Abonce Garcia Killed In Gilroy Cement Truck Accident On Highway 25 Near Bolsa Road

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