Todd Mosley Coachella: Todd Mosley of Indio Killed In Coachella Cement Truck Accident While Riding Motorcycle Near Avenue 53 and Calhoun Street
COACHELLA, CALIFORNIA (December 16, 2020) – A 62-year-old motorcyclist identified as Todd Mosley has tragically died in a Coachella cement truck accident by Avenue 53 and Calhoun Street.
Riverside County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday night. Todd Mosley was riding a motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a cement truck.
The circumstances of the crash remain unknown at this time. Calhoun Street has two stop signs at the intersection but Avenue 53 has no stop signs or street lights.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the motorcyclist. Todd Mosley sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene 15 minutes after the initial collision.
Indio CHP officials are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the crash.
Liability In Coachella Cement Truck Accidents
Motorcycles are less crashworthy than passenger vehicles. They are also much more likely to be overlooked due to their small size. According to the Insurance Information Institute, “In 2017, 5,172 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes, down 3 percent from 5,337 in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2017, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to motorcycle accidents including:
- Dangerous left turns
- Brake failure
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
All truck drivers are supposed to exercise due care to avoid accidents. This means obeying traffic laws and stopping at marked stop signs. According to California Vehicle Code 22450, “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.” Depending on the facts of any case there could be numerous sources of liability for a cement truck accident.
Truck drivers could be liable as individuals for accidents if they were negligent and caused a collision. Drivers may also be liable under the doctrine of negligence per se if they violate a civil statute prior to a crash. A company could also be liable for an accident under the doctrine of vicarious liability. Companies are generally liable for the negligence of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. Determining liability for a cement truck accident especially when there are no third party witnesses. But the following pieces of evidence can help determine what led up to an accident:
- Many commercial trucks have event data recorders (EDRs). These devices monitor how fast a truck was traveling prior to an accident and whether or not a driver used their brakes.
- The position of vehicles after a collision can help paint a picture of what happened. Accident reconstruction is the scientific approach to solving the question of how and why an accident took place.
- Any potential eye witnesses should be interviewed following the crash.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken and preserved as evidence.
The family of any victim that died in a cement truck accident may be able to seek justice 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 demonstrate negligence. A Coachella cement truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, though, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within those statute of limitation’s could result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A Coachella Cement Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Todd Mosley. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help make this intersection safer. As cities and counties grow intersections can become increasingly more dangerous with the added flow of traffic.
Do you need more information about a cement truck accident that occurred in Coachella? 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 those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.