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UPDATE: Ubaldo Domingo Vargas Vera Killed In Forklift Accident At Orchard By Highway 166 Near Bakersfield


Dec 7, 2018

Ubaldo Domingo Vargas Vera Accident: 51-Year-Old Ubaldo Vera Died In A Forklift Accident As He Was Working In Orchard By Sun Pacific Farming

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (December 7, 2018) –  A 51-year-old man identified as  Ubaldo Domingo Vargas Vera has tragically died as he was operating a forklift. 

The orchard is off of Highway 166 south of Bakersfield. The Kern County Coroner Office was called to the scene and they later pronounced the victim dead. 

Ubaldo Domingo Vargas Vera was from Porterville and leaves behind a wife and four children. A Go Fund Me page has been created in order to help the family with the cost of funeral expenses. 

“Ubaldo was a strong, hardworking man, who cared for all those he would cross paths with. He was a field worker who loved his people and would work endlessly until the moment he died to maintain his family’s well being,” said Mario Gonzalez Torres. 

Liability In Forklift Accidents

Forklifts are an incredibly useful tool in a wide variety of settings. But they can also be dangerous when they are not used correctly or when they malfunction. Here are just a few of the factors that will tend to make forklift accidents more likely. 

  • Traveling at excessive speeds with a forklift could cause an accident. These vehicles are top heavy and difficult to slow down.
  • Riding with the load elevated can be extremely dangerous as well.
  • Poorly stacked items on the load can make the forklift unstable. Unstable forklifts are more likely to rollover and toss the driver.
  • A number of accidents occur when brakes or the hydraulic lift malfunction. Forklifts should undergo routine maintenance like every other vehicle. 

The family of a worker that dies while using a forklift will have the ability to file a workers compensation claim. California is a no-fault state when it comes to workers compensation. For any accident involving a forklift, the family of a victim may have the ability to file a third party negligence claim in order to receive damages. A product liability claim may be possible if a forklift malfunctions and causes a worker to be killed. It’s important to seek the legal advice of an experienced wrongful death attorney if someone that you love has died in a forklift accident. 

Getting Help After A Forklift Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Ubaldo Domingo Vargas Vera as they are going through such a difficult time. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into what happened. No family should ever have to deal with something this horrible. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the victim’s family. 

If someone that you love has died in a forklift accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We can investigate your case free of charge and let you know what your options are. We care deeply about our clients and have successfully resolved thousands of personal injury claims across California.This is why so many people trust us to help them after an accident. Whether you have questions about your rights or just need a police report we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

Sources:

  1. CCOHS. Forklift Trucks – Common Factors in Forklift Accidents. 2018
  2. Bakersfield Californian. Porterville man crushed by forklift in orchard on Highway 166. December 4, 2018. 

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