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UPDATE: Joy Judd Died In Monterey Truck Accident Near Madison Street and Pacific Street

Aug 19, 2019

Joy Judd Monterey: Joy Judd Died In Monterey Truck Accident Near Madison Street and Pacific Street

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA (August 19, 2019) – A 67-year-old woman identified as Joy Judd has tragically died in a truck accident while crossing the intersection of Madison Street and Pacific Street. 

Monterey police are saying that the accident took place around 11:00 a.m. Police are saying that Joy Judd was crossing the intersection and the truck was turning right when she was struck by the back tires. 

The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police. The vehicle involved in the accident appeared to be some type of large tow truck carrying a gas truck. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help Joy Judd.

Despite life-saving measures she was later pronounced dead at the scene. The intersection of Madison Street and Pacific Street was closed for several hours as investigators tried to determine exactly what happen.

Causes of Monterey Truck Accidents

According to 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. In the LTCCS, ‘causation’ is defined in terms of the factors that are most likely to increase the risk that large trucks will be involved in serious crashes.” Nearly 5,000 people are killed every year in accidents with commercial trucks. 

Operating a commercial truck can be extremely difficult. Drivers need special training and a commercial license. But even with years of training drivers still make mistakes. One of the things that makes large commercial trucks so dangerous is their size combined with their large blind spots. Truck drivers often end up hitting pedestrians because they can’t see them as they are turning. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous sources of liability for a pedestrian accident.

Liability For Semi-Truck Accidents

Tow trucks and many other large commercial vehicles used for transporting goods are considered “common carriers” under the law. As such, they are held to a high standard in terms of safety. According to Squaw Valley Ski Corporation v. Superior Court, “The elevated standard of care for common carriers is “based on a recognition that the privilege of serving the public as a common carrier necessarily entails great responsibility, requiring common carriers to exercise a high duty of care towards their customers.” By their very nature trucks are much more dangerous than smaller vehicles.

There is simply no reason that a truck driver should ever hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk. All drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to pedestrians 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.” It’s important that evidence is preserved following a truck accident and that witness testimony is collected. 

Even in the absence of video footage a forensic analysis of a crash site can shed light on what happened. This field of science is known as accident reconstruction. “Accident Reconstruction is the forensic science of determining how an accident occurred while assisting in the determination of the cause or why an accident or particular event during an accident happened using all available physical evidence.,” according to Collision Research and Analysis Inc.

The family of any victim that died in an accident with a semi-truck may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma and punitive damages – depending on the facts of the case. A truck accident attorney can conduct a free forensic examination of an accident and help get to the bottom of what happened. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joy Judd as they are going through such a difficult time. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the Monterey Police Department as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to make this intersection safer. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a truck accident you may have legal recourse. 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 need a free, independent examination into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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