Sergio Becerra, 30, of Bell, was killed in a truck accident in Ontario after a tractor-trailer struck him. According to The San Bernardino County Sun, the fatal collision occurred in the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway near Euclid Avenue, the afternoon of September 10, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say they found evidence at the scene suggesting that Becerra was on the shoulder of the freeway changing a tire when the semi hit him. Becerra died at the scene. No arrests or citations have been reported. The investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Sergio Becerra for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
San Bernardino County Crash Statistics
According to CHP’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 13 fatalities and 1,028 injuries reported as a result of Ontario traffic collisions. During the same year, traffic accidents in San Bernardino County claimed 203 lives and caused 7,915 injuries.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news article, it appears that Becerra was changing a tire on his vehicle on the shoulder of the freeway. It is not clear as to why the truck driver veered or drifted into the shoulder and struck Becerra. Was the truck driver intoxicated, fatigued or distracted? Did speed or recklessness play a part in this collision? Was there a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction in the tractor-trailer that may have caused the driver to lose control and strike Becerra? I trust these are some of the issues being examined here by investigators to determine the incident’s cause.
If the truck driver is determined to have been at fault, then, the driver and his or her employer can be held liable for Becerra’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence is involved, families of deceased accident victims can seek compensation to cover medical and funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship and other related damages. A knowledgeable San Bernardino truck accident attorney will be able to request and preserve truck driver logs, maintenance records and cell phone records, which can serve as significant pieces of evidence in a truck accident case. The best personal injury law firms will always offer free consultations and comprehensive case assessments to accident victims or their families.