Otilia Quintana, 47, of Lake Elsinore, died in a big rig accident after the car she was driving crashed into a flatbed semi-truck on the Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona, CBS news reports. The January 17, 2009 car versus truck collision occurred on the 91 Freeway at Serfas Club Drive just east of Prado Dam and the Corona (71) Expressway. Quintana lost control of her sedan and ended up colliding with the big rig. California Highway Patrol is apparently investigating this crash.
My heart goes out to the family of Otilia Quintana. I offer my deepest sympathies to them for their tragic and untimely loss. Please keep this family in your prayers.
California ranks highest in the nation for big rig or large commercial truck accidents. In 2006, there were more than 12,800 fatal truck accidents in California, according to statistics provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the federal agency which monitors trucking companies.
I trust CHP officials will release the results of their investigation in a few weeks, which will hopefully shed some light on exactly what happened here. Based on this news report, the incident occurred after Quintana lost control of her sedan. However, if I were a member of Quintana’s family I would want to know what caused her to lose control of the sedan. Was there another vehicle involved in this accident? Was there a mechanical malfunction or an auto product defect that were factors in this crash?
These are all important questions that need to be answered. Quintana’s family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Southern California big rig accident attorney, who will determine the facts of this case and identify the negligent parties who should be held accountable for the accident and resulting fatal injuries. If the investigation determines that the accident was the big rig driver’s fault, then both the driver and the trucking company could be held liable. A skilled personal injury lawyer will also advise Quintana’s family to preserve her sedan in its current, crashed condition so that it may be examined by an expert for mechanical malfunction, product defects and other evidence.