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Truck Driver Killed in San Bernardino County Car Accident

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Alfred Eclipse Jr., 66, a truck driver from Norwalk, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after the UPS big-rig he was driving overturned. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal truck accident occurred along Interstate 15 south of Oak Hills Road in Hesperia, the morning of January 25, 2012. Officials say a 32-year-old San Bernardino man allowed his Nissan 350z, to drift into the center divider and then back across lanes where it struck the truck’s left front wheel. The truck driver attempted to avoid the collision but could not. The truck rolled over onto the shoulder and down an embankment, killing the driver. The driver of the sports car was not seriously hurt. It is not clear if he was cited for the fatal crash.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Alfred Eclipse, Jr., who was killed in this tragic accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

San Bernardino Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 10 people were killed and 221 were injured in Hesperia car accidents. During that same year, there were 223 fatalities and 7,870 injuries reported involving car accidents in San Bernardino County.

What Caused This Fatal Crash?

Based on this news report, the driver of the Nissan let his vehicle veer into the center divider before crossing lanes and hitting the truck. California Vehicle Code Section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.” In addition, the article states that the driver of the Nissan was seen speeding just before the crash. It is not clear if excessive speed was a factor in the driver losing control of his vehicle here.

Liability Issues

In this case, if the Nissan’s driver is determined to have been at fault, he can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, the at-fault driver can be held liable for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, and other related damages. If the victim was killed on the job, his family can also seek workers compensation benefits from the employer. An experienced San Bernardino car accident lawyer will better advise victims or their families in such cases about their legal rights and options.

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