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UPDATE: Marvin Dale Hill Killed In San Bernardino Semi-Truck Accident By Waterman Avenue and 34th Street

Jun 17, 2019

Marvin Dale Hill San Bernardino: Marvin Dale Hill Killed In San Bernardino Semi-Truck Accident By Waterman Avenue and 34th Street

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA (June 17, 2019) – A 64-year-old man from San Bernardino identified as Marvin Dale Hill tragically died in an accident with a semi-truck by the intersection of North Waterman Avenue and 34th Street.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 10:00 a.m. as the driver of a big rig truck was making a U-turn. Marvin Dale Hill  was a passenger in a car being driven by David Maher, 55, of San Bernardino.

Firefighters rushed to the scene in order to help the two victims. Despite life-saving efforts Marvin Dale Hill was pronounced dead at the the scene.

Police are asking anyone that may have seen the accident to reach out to them. 

Why Truck Drivers Make U-Turns

Nearly every consumer good gets transported by trucks at some point. Our economy could not function without them. Truck drivers are put under enormous pressure to conduct their routes as efficiently as possible. But there are a number of reasons why a truck driver may need to make a u-turn:

  • They may have gone the wrong direction
  • They may have needed to update their route
  • One road may be closed 
  • Truck drivers may use civilian GPS, instead of one designed for trucks

U-turns can be done safely. But the problem is that they are extremely dangerous for truck drivers. Trucks have enormous blind spots and a truck driver simply can’t see everything that is around them as they are turning. This is why many truck companies forbid their drivers from making u-turns. If a truck driver is involved in an accident while making a turn they could be held at fault. 

Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents

Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to follow traffic rules and take steps to prevent accidents. This includes taking steps to make sure that u-turns are made safely. According to California Vehicle Code 22103, “No person in a residence district shall make a U-turn when any other vehicle is approaching from either direction within 200 feet, except at an intersection when the approaching vehicle is controlled by an official traffic control device.” Drivers that are involved in accidents while making u-turns will typically be held at fault. 

Depending on the facts of any case liability may extend beyond the driver of a truck. For example, a city in California could be liable for an accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on a public roadway. According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition, that the dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the kind of injury which was incurred.”

The family members of any victim that died in an accident with a semi-truck making a left turn may have legal recourse under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can include compensation for lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims, so it’s important to be proactive. 

Investigating A Semi-Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Marvin Dale Hill as they are going through such a difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all of those involved. Why was this truck driver making a u-turn in the road and did this contribute to the accident? Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the San Bernardino police department. 

If you or someone that you love has 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 focus entirely on personal injury law and are committed to making sure that accident victims are treated fairly. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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