UPDATE: Los Banos head-on truck accident leaves one dead
LOS BANOS, CA (October 18, 2022) – One man now identified as Alonso de Jesus Lara was tragically killed in a semi-truck accident in Los Banos after two tomato trucks collided with each other head-on.
The accident occurred on Saturday around 11:45 p.m. on Henry Miller Avenue when a 36-year-old man was driving a semi-truck eastbound carrying two tomato trailers near Cherokee Road.
The truck struck the shoulder on the road and ended up veering into the westbound lane of Henry Miller Avenue, where another semi-truck carrying empty tomato trailers was traveling.
According to CHP officers, the truck heading westbound collided with the truck heading eastbound that crossed into oncoming traffic.
The 36-year-old driver was pronounced dead on the scene.
The other driver was not injured, and officers have ruled out drugs or alcohol as factors in this crash.
We will update this story with more information when it becomes available to us.
[via Your Central Valley]
Liability In Los Banos Truck 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 Alonso de Jesus Lara’s Los Banos Head-On Truck Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alonso de Jesus Lara, who was tragically killed in this truck crash. 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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