FONTANA (March 8, 2014) – Another big rig truck accident in Southern California occurred today. Again, it is the result of so-called professional drivers not paying attention to the road while driving, resulting in a fatality. The collision occurred in Fontana on Saturday afternoon, leaving the driver of the automobile, Adriana Caceres with fatal injuries.
The accident happened around 1:03 p.m. Caceras was driving a Honda Accord with her five year old on Production Avenue. As Caceres crossed Santa Ana Avenue her car was side-swiped by a big rig. Caceras was rushed to Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Fontana where she was later pronounced dead from her injuries. She was 38 years old. Her five year old was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, including facial injuries, and a lacerated spleen.
The driver of the big rig was only identified as a 48 year old. An investigation will determine who was at fault although early reports state that Caceres had stopped at the four way stop and was proceeding when she was struck by the truck. Police are still investigating the cause of the collision, although preliminary reports indicate the big rig driver did not stop at the stop sign. Immediate steps must be taken to preserve the data recorder and driver logs of the truck. His trucking company may also have satellite data information regarding his driving hours and schedule. Many truck accidents are the result of over-worked or exhausted drivers who have failed to take rest breaks as required by law. The truck data records, and driver logs will shed light on exactly why the collision occurred, and how it could have been avoided.
The family of Caceres, along with her child, now have a claim for wrongful death against the truck driver and trucking company. The 5 year old also has an independent claim for personal injuries and emotional injuries for witnessing the collision. For a no obligation consultation, call wrongful death lawyer Edmond El Dabe at 888-333-8882.