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UPDATE: Tyler Ross Carlberg Died In Woodside Motorcycle Accident With Tow Truck On Highway 84

Jul 29, 2019

Tyler Carlberg Woodside: Tyler Ross Carlberg of Santa Clara Died In Woodside Motorcycle Accident With Tow Truck On Highway 84

WOODSIDE, CALIFORNIA (June 29, 2019) – A 27-year-old engineering student from San Jose State University has tragically died in a tow truck accident while riding a motorcycle on Highway 84. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 4:50 p.m. near Portola Road. For reasons that remain under investigation, Tyler Ross Carlberg was involved in a collision with a tow truck driver. 

Tyler Ross Carlberg was ejected from the motorcycle and sustained major injuries. Paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene in order to help the injured motorcyclist. 

Despite life-saving measures Tyler Ross Carlberg later died due to his injuries. The driver of the tow truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police. 

Liability For Tow Truck Accidents

Many tow trucks are considered “common carriers” under the law. As such, they are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].”

By their very nature motorcyclists have a small profile and accidents tend to take place when drivers make dangerous lane changes. According to California Vehicle Code 22107, “No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.” Accidents tend to spike at night when visibility is down.

A tow truck driver may be negligent in an accident if they were speeding, distracted, fatigued or intoxicated. If a tow truck driver is found to be at fault the company that they work for may also bear some responsibility. Generally speaking companies are responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within their job duties. 

The family of any victim that died in a tow truck accident may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Potential claimants will typically include a victim’s parents, siblings, spouse, children or other dependents. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. 

Investigating A Tow Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Tyler Ross Carlberg. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into the accident for the sake of all of those that have been affected. 

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