A 12-year-old boy identified as Carlos Alberto Garcia was killed due to a fatal big rig collision in Livermore on Monday, September 21. The crash transpired at around 1:20 p.m. on Interstate 580 near Airway Boulevard.
According to the California Highway Patrol reports, a Chevrolet Tahoe was on the westbound lanes of Interstate 580 Freeway when it suddenly collided head-on with a big rig. The circumstances that led to the fatal collision have not been established.
Due to the severity of the impact, the Tahoe rolled over, ejecting the young boy and another child from the vehicle. The 12-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The other child was rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the big rig was uninjured.
Fatal Big Rig Collision Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are now attempting to determine the cause and the circumstances that led to the accident through the official investigation. Tractor-trailer accidents are more deadly compared to other types of road accidents. It’s mainly because of the considerable size difference of big rig trucks compared to other vehicles. A fully loaded big rig needs as much as 20 to 40 percent more stopping distance.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), big rig trucks have increased by 30 percent since 2009. There were 4,102 traffic fatalities involving a big rig in 2017 alone. Tractor-trailer accidents are caused by various factors like loss of control of the truck, a tire blowout, a disabling or non-disabling vehicle failure, excessive speed, lane drifting, improper truck maneuvering, and driver fatigue.
When facing tractor-trailer crash cases like this, it’s essential to have an experienced Alameda County wrongful death attorney specializing in tractor-trailer accidents to conduct an independent investigation. During the independent investigation, all possible contributing factors such as road conditions, signage visibility, and road lighting will be considered and thoroughly examined by the wrongful death attorney.
Alameda Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Big Rig Collisions
Suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal big rig accident can be quite devastating and stressful. Pending the official investigation results, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s assistance. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of companionship and income, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) that the accident has caused them. A wrongful death attorney can serve as a helpful legal guide for the grieving family during this difficult time while ensuring that the guilty party will be held accountable for their alleged crime.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a big rig accident, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced tractor-trailer accident lawyer. The dedicated legal team at Arash Law in California has the experience, knowledge, and commitment to guide your claim toward its most beneficial outcome skillfully. We’re standing by to help – 24 hours a day and seven days a week – so please give us a call at (888) 488-1391 today. Our offices are located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Riverside, Woodland Hills, Orange County. They are more than happy to travel to your home, office, or place of recovery.