Erwin Geremillo Castaic: 47-Year-Old Tow Truck Driver Erwin Mendoza Geremillo From Castaic Died In Hit-And-Run Semi-Truck Accident On The Interstate 5 Freeway
CASTAIC, CALIFORNIA (June 2, 2019) – A 47-year-old tow truck driver identified as Erwin Mendoza Geremillo has tragically died in a car accident on the Interstate 5 Freeway north of the Templin Highway.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 8:15 p.m. as Erwin Mendoza Geremillo was changing a tire on a disabled vehicle. Police are saying the tow truck driver was changing the tire and then hit by a passing semi-truck carrying rocks.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. CHP said that the big rig truck that hit the victim was either black and red or black and white. It had an Arizona license plate.
Two lanes of the freeway had to be closed down while an investigation continued. CHP are still asking any witnesses that may have seen the accident that killed Erwin Geremillo to come forward.
Causes of Hit-And-Run Accidents
According to one report from AAA, “More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 – the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009.” Nearly 2/3 of the victims of fatal hit-and-run crashes are bicyclists or pedestrians. There are a number of steps that drivers can take to help prevent accidents with pedestrians:
- Be Aware: Pedestrians can be unpredictable, which is why you should slow down around them.
- Be Cautious: Be alert in areas with a heavy pedestrian presence including school zones, playgrounds and bus stops.
- Be Patient: Allow pedestrians enough time to pass you safely.
- Be Vigilant: Drivers have a responsibility to yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in lawfully marked crosswalks.
Hit-and-run accidents tend to spike between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. During this time visibility goes down and fatigue tends to set in. In fact, according to the FMCSA fatigue is the number one factor behind truck accidents. Depending on the facts of any particular case, there could be multiple forms of liability following an accident.
Liability In Truck Accidents
Every driver has a legal responsibility to remain at the scene of an accident. According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.” Drivers that fail to stop after an accident that causes bodily injury or death may face civil as well as criminal liability.
Many trucks are equipped with event data recorders (EDRs). These devices measure a number of factors including (1) pre-crash vehicle dynamics, (2) driver inputs, (3) vehicle crash signature, (4) post-crash data such as automatic collision notification systems (ACNs). It can sometimes be difficult for a truck driver to know when they are involved in a crash, which is why automatic collision notification systems (ACNs) are so important. All of this data can help investigators determine liability.
The family of a victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. For example, a civil claim can help the victim’s next of kin recover for funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. If a victim was working at the time of an accident, their employer may also owe the family wrongful death benefits. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Erwin Mendoza Geremillo. Any person that may have seen the accident – or knows where the truck driver is – should reach out to police as they continue to investigate. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. It is our hope that safety measures are put in place to reduce accidents like this in the future. No one should have to worry about being seriously injured or killed when they are going to work.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you have questions about your rights or need a police report about a specific accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.