Tyler Fahy, 9, died in a big rig accident in San Mateo on Sept. 24 after an out-of-control dump truck plowed into several cars in the parking lot of a Mollie Stone’s market. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the truck lost control while driving east on 43rd Avenue. It then broadsided a car at Olympic Avenue and slammed into eight or nine other cars in the market’s parking lot. Tyler and his mother were occupants of one of the cars that were hit by the truck.
Tyler reportedly died of severe trauma while his mother was injured and transported to an area hospital. California Highway Patrol officials say they are looking into whether there was a mechanical failure in the truck operated by Hayward-based Century Roof and Solar. The driver of the big rig has not been cited or arrested in connection with this accident.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Tyler Fahy for their heartbreaking loss and my best wishes to his mother for a speedy recovery from her injuries.
A Century Roof and Solar spokesman called this “a tragic accident.” But I bet the police investigation into this incident could very well show that this accident was not just an unfortunate tragedy and that it could have very well been prevented.
The most important step at this time is to pinpoint what caused this horrible big rig accident. It could have been because of driver error, a product defect in the truck, or poor maintenance by the truck owner or whoever does their brake maintenance. It is in the best interest of the family of Tyler Fahy to consult with a reputed California big rig accident attorney who has experience dealing with product defect cases as well.
A skilled personal injury lawyer will determine who caused the accident and who should be held responsible for the loss, injuries and damages. If the collision was caused by a defective brake part or an inherent product defect in the truck, then the manufacturer of the truck could be held liable. If it was caused by poor maintenance or driver error, then the driver and his employer could be held responsible.