Bryan Tostado arrested for killing 57yo man in big rig crash
LONG BEACH, CA (June 6, 2022) – Bryan Tostado, a 25-year-old from Norwalk, was arrested after a collision with a big rig that killed its driver according to Long Beach Press-Telegram.
The California Highway Patrol reports that the accident occurred around 1:10 a.m. on the 91 freeway near Susana Road.
Tostado was driving a 2004 Toyota at high speeds when he struck a center median and caused him to rear-end a 2022 Freightliner. The big rig truck was being driven by a 57-year-old Santa Ana man who lost control of the vehicle as a result of the collision. The truck driver veered off the roadway and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Bryan Tostado was later taken to Dignity Health-St. Mary Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, and was arrested after his release. There is no information regarding the charges for the arrest at this time.
The victim’s identity in this case is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.
Liability In Long Beach Car Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A LongBeach Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the decedent in this case. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
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