A San Francisco area car accident involving two cars and a big-rig resulted in a fatality and an injury. According to a news report in the Oakland Tribune, the fatal car accident occurred the afternoon of October 26, 2010 on the eastbound Interstate 580 at the Center Street/Grove Way exit in Castro Valley. One car was trapped under the big-rig. The driver of that car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other car suffered non-life-threatening injuries while the truck driver was uninjured. California Highway Patrol officials are investigating this fatal truck accident.

I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved this deceased victim's for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Accident Statistics

According to CHP's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 82 deaths and 6,935 injuries involving car accidents in Alameda County. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA), truck accident statistics, there were 304 fatal truck accidents and 3,196 injury crashes involving trucks in California, in 2008.

Truck Underride

Based on this news report, it is not entirely clear what caused this fatal truck accident. It appears that one of the cars went under the big-rig and got crushed, killing the driver inside. This is typical of what happens in an "underride" accident when a car rear-ends a higher chassis truck, goes under the truck and a "passenger compartment intrusion" occurs.

Trucks are required to have bumpers approximately 40 cm (20 inches) above ground in order to protect from “under riding”. The Department of Transportation (DOT) safety standards mandate rear impact guards on full trailers and semi-trailers over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight manufactured on or after January 26, 1998. In this case, it is not clear if the big-rig had a rear impact guard that complied with state and federal law.

Liability Issues

In such cases, truck accident victims or their families would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who is highly skilled in truck underride accidents. If the trucking firm is determined to have been at fault for the accident or for failing to follow safety standards, they could be held liable for the victim's wrongful death. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.

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