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WEST COVINA: Edmundo Beltran, 52, Killed In Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 10 Freeway By Citrus Street Off-Ramp

Sep 28, 2019

Edmundo Hernandez Beltran West Covina: Edmundo Beltran of South Gate Killed In West Covina Semi-Truck Accident On Interstate 10 Freeway By Citrus Street Off-Ramp

WEST COVINA, CALIFORNIA (September 28, 2019) – A 52-year-old semi-truck driver identified as Edmundo Beltran has tragically died in a car accident on the Interstate 10 Freeway.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 2:50 a.m. not far from the Citrus Street off-ramp. Traffic was backed up in the area prior to the accident due to a second crash. 

A Honda Civic and two other big rigs were stopped in the number 4 lane on the Highway. A third big rig identified as an Old Dominion truck pulling two trailers was not able to stop in time and hit the semi-truck carrying Edmundo Beltran. The first semi-truck was also pushed into the stopped big rig. 

The force of the impact pushed Edmundo Beltran’s big rig into the third semi-truck ahead of him. Pictures of the scene of the accident show two semi-trucks with major front end damage.

Paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to help all of the victims. Despite life-saving efforts Edmundo Beltran died due to his injuries. Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash. 

Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents

Most of the federal laws regarding truck companies can be found in Title 49 of Code of Federal Regulations. According to The Balance, “These rules are put in place for both the safety of the drivers and others on the road. The regulations limit how much time can be driven to ensure drivers are rested.” Here are just a few of the regulations that commercial truck drivers must follow:

  • Truck drivers are not allowed to work more than 14 hours in a day. 
  • Truck drivers must take a break at their 8th hour of service.
  • If adverse weather conditions do not allow a truck driver to pull over at a hotel then they may extend their drive by two hours.
  • Truck drivers must not report for duty with a BAC of 0.02 or higher. 

Fatigue is one the leading factors behind truck accidents. Truck drivers are put under a lot of pressure to complete their routes as quickly as possible and to work as much as possible. This can push them to not only be more dangerous drivers, but to also develop long term health conditions which can adversely impact their driving. For example, a number of truck drivers develop sleep apnea. “A recent survey found that 85% of commercial drivers tested for the sleeping condition tested positive for it.,” according to a study. 

In fact, nearly 25% of all truck drivers report falling asleep at least once while completing their routes. Regardless of other concerns, truck drivers still have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner according to the prevailing conditions. 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.”

There is simply no reason why a truck driver should ever rear-end another vehicle. In addition to liability on the part of a truck driver and truck company there may be additional sources of liability. For example, the company that hired the negligent truck driver could potentially be liable for the accident. Companies have a legal responsibility to hire and retain drivers with clean driving records who also undergo and pass medical background checks.

The family of any truck driver that died in an accident may have numerous sources of support available to them. This will typically include worker’s compensation as well as support from a third party liability claim against the at fault driver. Damages in a civil claim may include compensation for lost wages, medical bills, emotional trauma and loss of love. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A West Covina Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Edmundo Beltran and all of those affected by this accident. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into what happened. Measures should be put in place prevent additional accidents like this. Truck companies need to do their part to make sure that their drivers are properly trained and getting enough sleep. 

Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a truck accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. As truck safety  advocates we care deeply that 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 investigation into a truck accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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