Kenneth Clingman Temescal Valley: Kenneth Clingman of Corona Killed In Temescal Valley Semi-Truck Accident On Temescal Canyon Road By The 15 Freeway
TEMESCAL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (June 29, 2020) – A 78-year-old man from Corona identified as Kenneth Clingman has tragically died in a car accident along Temescal Canyon Road.
Riverside County police are saying that the accident took place by the dirt shoulder of the freeway on Friday. For reasons that remain under investigation a 63-year-old tractor trailer driver pulled into a dirt lot by the side of the road.
Kenneth Clingman was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and pulled over to the right side of the big rig trailer. The driver of the semi-truck began pulling onto the road but did not realize that the victim was standing by the right side of the truck.
The driver of the semi-truck began pulling onto the road when they struck Kenneth Clingman. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
Despite life-saving measures he later died due to his injuries. The driver of the big rig truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
An investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Temescal Valley Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks are particularly dangerous for pedestrians. According to the IIHS, “A total of 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 67 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 31 percent higher in 2018 than in 2009.” There are a number of unique factors with respect to semi-trucks that make them much more dangerous than passenger vehicles.
- A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs
- Truck drivers work long hours and are likely to experience fatigue
- Trucks take much longer to stop than passenger vehicles
Most importantly, trucks have extremely large blind spots. These blind spots are large enough to make an SUV disappear. A good truck driver should always be familiar with their rig and know where their blind spots are. There is actually technology that can help mitigate blind spots on commercial trucks. Back up cameras as well as side cameras and detectors can let drivers know when a person is in their blind spot. The diagram below helps to give some perspective on how large these blind spots can actually be.
There is simply no excuse for a truck driver to ever hit a pedestrian standing next to their rig. All truck drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.” These types of accidents can be prevented when truck drivers:
- Check their side view mirrors
- Check their blind spots
- Check the sides of their vehicle before pulling out
If a truck driver cannot see what is next to their rig they should physically get out and check. Many of these accidents occur when truck drivers are rushing and forgo necessary safety procedures. If a truck driver was negligent and caused an accident any company that they work for could be held vicariously liable. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties.
It’s important that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. Witnesses should be interviewed. Surveillance footage from local businesses should be sought. Even in the total absence of video or eye witnesses accident reconstruction can help piece together what caused an accident. According to Plaintiff Magazine, “Accident reconstruction is the process using scientific methodology to determine the circumstances, mechanics, and contributing factors associated with a collision.” Victims of semi-truck accidents are protected by a number of law.
The family of any victim that died in a tractor-trailer collision may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, loss of love and funeral expenses. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim may include the victim’s spouse, children and parents. If the negligent driver committed a crime in the process of the collision the victim’s family may seek additional protections under Marsy’s Law. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are.
Investigating A Temescal Valley Semi-Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kenneth Clingman. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. This was a preventable tragedy and there needs to be some accountability. Truck drivers should always check if anyone is near their vehicle before taking off.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Temescal Valley. 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 get the information and resources that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation into a particular accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.