Semi truck on the highway in the desert

Pomponio Beach Truck

A Pomponio Beach truck crash has killed two people who were traveling in their minivan when they collided with a Peterbilt dump truck. It was one of the multiple fatal truck accidents on California roads in recent weeks and was followed by several serious truck accidents over the next few days.

Seniors Dead in Pomponio Beach Truck Crash

June 22, 2016

Two seniors died in a Pomponio Beach truck crash when the Toyota Sienna minivan they were driving in collided with a dump truck at around 4:11 p.m., as the minivan traveled onto Highway 1 from the beach parking lot. A 79-year-old woman died at the scene, while the minivan’s driver, a man in his 80s, was taken to Stanford Medical Center where he later died of his injuries. The couple was later identified as Dennis Vernak and his wife, Helena.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating the crash, but a spokesperson for the agency told the Mercury News that it appeared the driver of the minivan did not see the dump truck coming when he pulled into traffic. The dump truck driver did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system and was not injured in the Pomponio Beach truck crash.

Anyone who witnessed the fatal crash is asked to call California Highway Patrol Officer Logan Dysert at 650-369-6261.

Semi-Truck Crashes into Sedan on I-10, Causing Serious Injuries

June 27, 2017

Interstate 10 was the site of a serious semi-truck crash on June 27 at around 8:00 p.m., as a big rig crashed into a sedan, causing serious injuries. Although it is not known what caused the accident, initial reports suggest that a semi-truck hit a Volkswagen Passat from behind, causing serious injuries to the Passat’s driver.

The crash happened on the westbound side of I-10, between the Highland Springs and Pennsylvania Avenue off-ramps in Beaumont.

Big Rig Crashes into Bus Carrying Cheerleaders in Indio

June 28, 2017

A crash involving a semi-truck and a charter bus could have been deadly but wound up causing only minor injuries. The crash occurred in Indio, California, in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at around 4:15 p.m. on June 28, when a semi-truck failed to stop for slowed traffic. Truck driver Rene Aragon was traveling eastbound in a 2016 Volvo semi-truck pulling two trailers when he came upon slowed traffic. California Highway Patrol reports Aragon was driving too fast to stop in time, so to avoid a collision, he slammed on his brakes and steered to the left. At that point, he collided with the rear of the charter bus, which was carrying 30 passengers to Arizona from cheerleading competition at UCLA.

After it struck the bus, the truck traveled across the median, blocking the westbound I-10 lanes. Immediately following the truck crash, the semi-truck burst into flames. Despite carrying 30 passengers on the bus, none of the injuries were reported as serious. Four people—the bus driver and three cheerleaders—were transported to Desert Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

“Everybody started screaming; they were terrified,” said Payton Miller, who was on the charter bus. “They started crying; they didn’t know what was happening.”

California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident but does not believe drugs or alcohol were factors.

Truck Accident Closes Parts of Pacheco Pass Highway

June 29, 2017

A semi-truck crash in which a truck crashed into a power pole caused massive traffic congestion in Gilroy along State Route 152. The big rig hit the power pole around 6:00 a.m. on Pacheco Pass Highway, between U.S. Highway 101 and Frazier Lake Road. As a result, the power pole was knocked down and blocked the roadway, while wires and other debris also littered the road. All lanes in the area around the truck crash were closed until the accident could be cleared. Motorists were advised to plan their commute to avoid the area.

Truck Accident Lawyer

Given the potential for the devastation caused by semi-truck accidents, trucking safety is a serious concern for advocates and people who have lost loved ones to a truck accident. Owing to the sheer difference in size and weight between large trucks and small passenger vehicles, in a collision, it is often the people in passenger vehicles who suffer the most severe harm. The trucking industry must ensure their vehicles are safe to drive, the drivers are fit to be behind the wheel and all safety laws are rigorously followed. Unfortunately, some safety recommendations, such as guards to prevent underride accidents, are still a source of controversy in the industry.

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a truck accident, contact Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman to discuss your situation. One of our lawyers is available to explain your rights and legal options to you.
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