Jorge Pedroza, 22, of Baldwin Park, died in a Victorville big rig accident on December 15, 2008, The Press-Enterprise reports. Pedroza was killed when his compact car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer and then pushed into another big rig on Interstate 15 near Bear Valley Road. Pedroza died at the scene as his car was sandwiched between the two big rigs.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Jorge Pedroza for their tragic loss. I sincerely hope California Highway Patrol officials who are investigating this truck accident find out whom or what was responsible for this horrific crash.
California tops the list in the United States when it comes to big rig accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportations’ statistics, in 2007, there were 361 large trucks involved in fatal accidents and 10,635 big rigs involved in injury accidents in California.
Big rig accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or death because of their size and weight and the damage that they can do to smaller passenger vehicles. In this case, Pedroza’s compact car did not stand a chance.
There are many unanswered questions here. Why did the tractor-trailer rear-end Pedroza’s car? Was the driver traveling at an unsafe speed? Did the driver lose control of the big rig because of a mechanical malfunction? Or did the driver crash into Pedroza’s car because he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol? I trust the CHP investigation will answer these questions. I suspect the driver of big rig who first rear-ended Pedroza’s car caused the tragic accident. I If the CHP investigation backs that up, then both the truck driver and his employer, the trucking company, could be held liable for the accident and fatal injuries.
Jorge Pedroza’s family would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed California big rig accident attorney, who will fight for their legal rights and make sure that the negligent parties are held responsible.