In light of a new study about the rise in deadly truck accidents comes news of a fatal San Diego hit and run pedestrian accident involving a box truck.
Police say 23-year-old Benjamin Ramirez of Escondido was walking along Bear Valley Parkway on his way home from work Monday, when he was struck and killed by the truck. The “U-Haul” style box truck allegedly slowed, but did not stop for Ramirez.
San Diego truck accident attorney Steven Elia has been closely following a new report by the NHTSA that shows deadly truck accidents are on the rise.
According to the agency, fatal accidents involving large trucks across the nation increased 3.7 percent in 2012. This marks the third consecutive year of an increase in truck accident fatalities.
Accidents involving trucks can be especially dangerous.
“When a truck hits a smaller car, the result can be catastrophic.”
Death or permanent injuries can happen. Severe property damage takes place. Furthermore, officials say “truck accidents are more more likely than car-on-car accidents to kill at least one person involved“.
As wrongful death lawyers we are often touched by the cases we handle and the stories the read in the news. And this one about the Asam wrongful death case is no exception.
In a case that has made national headlines, a 13-year old girl was awarded $150 million after she watched her family burn to death in a fiery accident on a Los Angeles freeway. The jury found a California trucking company and one of its drivers liable in the deaths of three members of the Asam family nearly four years ago.
Kylie Asam was 9 when she and her 11-year-old brother, Blaine, managed to escape from their family’s mangled SUV after it struck and got caught under a big rig parked on the shoulder of Interstate 210 nearly four years ago. They saw their parents and older brother get burned alive after the vehicle they were trapped in caught fire.