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Date: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Daniel Ethan Stamper was driving on Tates Creek Road at high speed when his vehicle clipped another vehicle, then was t-boned by a third. Stamper died at the scene due to blunt force trauma. Stamper was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2015
26-year-old Robert Evans was driving north on North River Road at about 5:00pm when authorities say he lost control due to excessive speed, which caused the vehicle to roll. As Evans was not wearing a seat belt, he was thrown from his car and killed, while his passenger, Amanda Johnson, 22, survived but is currently in the hospital in serious condition.
Date: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015
At about 2:20pm, Rector was exiting a Mobil gas station onto Adams street, but failed to yield to a westbound car on the road, which struck her car on the driver's side. The collision seriously injured both Rector and Mulders, who was a passenger in her vehicle, and Rector was airlifted to a hospital. The driver of the westbound car, identified as Tiffany DeRoo, 20, was hospitalized with minor injuries, and the three passengers in her car, which included two children aged 3 and 5, sustained minor injuries but were not hospitalized.
Date: 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

According to California Highway Patrol, five people were killed when a van carrying six farmworkers was broadsided by a truck on Highway 4 near Van Allen Road. Three people involved survived: the two occupants of the red pickup truck, and one farmworker who was in the van. Due to heavy fog, visibility was less than 100 feet when the crash happened. 

 

Truck driver and his lawyers win his case against Mitsubishi after he is thrown from the cab of a defective truck in Los Angeles, California

Accident Type: 
Truck Accident
Incident Date: 
Monday, January 1, 1996
Result Date: 
Monday, June 15, 1998
Monetary Result: 
$1,250,150
  Juan Salas Fonseca, a 28-year-old route salesman, was operating a Mitsubishi F-100 cab-over-engine commercial truck when he was involved in an accident. In the course of the collision, he was thrown from the detached cab through the windshield and was run over by his own truck. He suffered extensive injuries, including multiple fractures to his pelvis, spine, and leg. He faced future surgies to replace his hip and his spine and was therefore limited to semi-sedentary work. Fonseca decided to sue the manufacturer of his truck, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc., and the distributor of his truck, Diamond Sales and Service Inc., which sold the truck to his employer. He and his lawyers argued that the truck had a defect in the design of the latching system, as it could be bypassed yet give the appearance of being properly secured to the chassis. They also alleged that the cab-open warning light was improperly positioned and that the secondary saftey catch was insufficient under the circumstances. They further claimed that ther should have been an interlock which would prevent vehicle movement unless the cab was properly secured. Mitsubishi the distributors denied their liability, coldly allegating that the sole cause of the accident was the negligence of Fonseca and his employer. Both parties brought mechanical engineers and doctors as expert witnesses. In the end, the jury sided with Fonseca and his lawyers, awarding him $1,250,150. This included $86,757 for past medical expenses, $249,780 for future medical expenses, $82,749 for past income, and $800,026 for future income. He also recieved worker's compensation benefits of $137,801. It was decided, however, that 30% of the liability was due to Fonseca's negligence in not wearing a seatbelt, and 30% to the employer who did not ensure that the cab was properly latched, even though the expert testimony demonstrated the defect in the latching system. His total award was therefore reduced to $737,304.