Taran San Victorville: Taran “Hangtime” San, 30, of Long Beach Killed In Victorville Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 15 Freeway Near Dale Evans Parkway —> Support The Victim’s Family Through Go Fund Me
VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA (October 23, 2019) – A 30-year-old man from Long Beach identified as Taran San was killed in a car accident on the Interstate 15 Freeway not far from Dale Evans Parkway.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around mignight on October 17, 2019. Taran San was in a 1999 Toyota 4Runner on the Interstate 15 Freeway.
A 30-year-old man from Adelanto was driving a 2020 Freightliner truck with a tractor trailer and was not able to slow his vehicle for the traffic ahead. The truck driver rear-ended the SUV driven by Taran San which was then pushed into another semi-truck directly in front of it.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to free Taran San who may have been trapped inside of his car. Despite life-saving efforts the 30-year-old Long Beach resident died due to his injuries.
“Taran “Hangtime” San was the life of the party and his untimely passing will leave a hole in our hearts, forever. Taran had plans this weekend to come home and do what he does best, cook a feast with our mom. We were all excited to see him, but he never made it.”
Multiple lanes of the Interstate 15 Freeway had to be closed for several hours as authorities continued to investigate. Anyone that may have seen the accident or have information about what happened should reach out to the CHP Victorville Area office at (760) 241-1186.
Liability In Victorville Semi-Truck Accidents
Many truck companies are considered “common carriers” under the law. As such, they are held to very high standard in terms of driving safely. According to Acosta v. Southern California Rapid Transit Dist, “Common carriers bind themselves to carry safely those whom they take into their vehicles, and owe both a duty of utmost care and the vigilance of a very cautious person towards their passengers. Such carriers are responsible for any,even the slightest, negligence and are required to do all that human care,vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under all the circumstances.” This includes traveling the speed limit and driving according to the prevailing conditions.
During times of heavy traffic or reduced visibility truck drivers have a legal obligation to slow down. 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.” Driving the speed limit during heavy congestion is not only unwise it is positively dangerous.
There is simply no reason that a truck driver should ever rear-end another vehicle. A good truck driver should maintain a safe distance wit the vehicle ahead of them. According to Truck Writers, large trucks should follow these guidelines with respect to follow distance:
- Traveling <40 mph: Allow at least one second for every 10 feet of vehicle length between you and the leading vehicle.
- Traveling >40 mph:Allow at least two seconds for every 10 feet of vehicle length between you and the leading vehicle.
- Stopped:Stop roughly 20 feet behind the leading vehicle at all stops (traffic lights, stop signs, railroads, etc.).
If road conditions are adverse or visibility is reduced the following distance for a large truck should be extended even further. Here are just a few of the most common reasons why truck accidents take place:
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Fatigue, in particular, is the number one factor associated with truck accidents. Truck drivers are often forced to work long hours. They may not get enough sleep due to pressure from work, medical conditions or medications they are taking. When a truck driver rear-ends another vehicle they will typically be held at fault. There are a number of laws designed to protect the rights of victims of truck accidents.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, loss of income, medical bills, loss of love and pain and suffering. The statute provides relief for the victim’s spouse, parents, children or siblings. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. Unfortunately, truck companies will often work hard to deny any wrongdoing. A truck accident attorney can investigate your claim free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve.
Investigating A Victorville Semi-Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Taran San. We strongly encourage anyone that may have seen the accident to reach out to the Victorville CHP. We also encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the family. This was a completely preventable tragedy that should never have taken place.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a semi-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 are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.