Mark Alarcon Woodside: Freeway Service Patrol Driver Mark Anthony Alarcon Killed In Woodside Lumber Truck Accident On The Interstate 280 Freeway By Farm Hill Boulevard and Edgewood Road —> Support The Victim’s Family Through Go Fund Me
WOODSIDE, CALIFORNIA (June 26, 2020) – A Freeway Service Patrol driver identified as Mark Anthony Alarcon has tragically died in a car accident with a lumber truck on the Interstate 280 Freeway between Farm Hill Boulevard and Edgewood Road.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday. For reasons that remain under investigation a lumber truck left the road and collided with the Freeway Service Patrol truck driven by Mark Anthony Alarcon.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures Mark Anthony Alarcon died due to his injuries.
Freeway Service Patrol drivers help other motorists by providing gas when those drivers run out. Police interviewed the driver of the lumber truck who remained at the scene.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been factors in the collision. An investigation remains ongoing at this time. You can support the victim’s family by donating through GoFundMe.
According to the Go Fund Me page: “On June 23, 2020, Mark Alarcon was killed in a tragic accident while doing what he loved best: helping people. Mark was well respected in the FSP (Freeway Service Patrol) community who partners with CHP. Mark was the sole provider due to COVID-19 and Mark’s domestic partner, Sandy of 22 years, is now in need of financial assistance. No donation is too small. Any amount is appreciated. When making a donation would you be so kind to share how you know Mark. Thank you!”
Liability In Woodside Lumber Truck Accidents
Truck accidents remain one of the leading source of injury and death in the United States. There is typically no one element that causes a truck accident. According to the FMCSA, “Motor vehicle crashes are complex events. Usually they involve two or more vehicles. Elements that influence the occurrence of a crash may take place hours, days, or months before the crash. They include driver training and experience, vehicle design and manufacture, highway condition and traffic signaling, and weather conditions.” Here are just a few other common reasons that truck accidents may occur:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
Driving a commercial truck is substantially different from driving a civilian vehicle. For starters, commercial trucks are substantially heavier than passenger vehicles. A single fully loaded truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. This makes them much more difficult to steer and control. This is why truck companies must be compliant with a number of safety regulations including:
- Truck drivers must get a commercial license
- Trucks must be properly maintained
- Truck drivers are not allowed to work more than 14 hours in a single day
- Truck drivers are not allowed to operate their vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher
If a truck driver leaves the roadway and hits another vehicle they will typically be held at fault in the event of an accident. According to California Vehicle Code 21460, “If double parallel solid yellow lines are in place, a person driving a vehicle shall not drive to the left of the lines, except as permitted in this section.” Usually, speeding also contributes to these types of accidents. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Depending on the facts of any case liability for an accident may extend beyond any driver. If a truck driver was working at the time of an accident the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking companies are liable for the action of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Courts will typically look towards two tests to determine if a worker was within the course and scope of their job duties.
- Benefits Test: “When the employee’s social or recreational pursuits on the employer’s premises after hours are endorsed by the express or implied permission of the employer and are conceivably of some benefit to the employer, then the employer is liable for harm resulting from the employee’s actions.”
- Characteristics Test: “If the employee’s action is common enough for that job that the action could be fairly deemed to be characteristic of the job, then the employer will be liable for harm resulting from the employee’s actions.”
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. In order to win a civil claim plaintiffs will have to show that the defendant was negligent. In other words, the defendant failed to act in a reasonably safe manner to avoid causing injury or death to the plaintiff. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Woodside Lumber Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Mark Anthony Alarcon. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. This was a highly preventable accident that should not have taken place. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of all who lost so much.
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a lumber truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.