Ana Cruz-Sanchez, 29, of Rialto, was killed in a large truck accident on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar.
According to a City News Service report, the crash occurred on the morning of May 1 at the Grand Avenue off-ramp. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Cruz-Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
The circumstances of the crash are not fully known yet, with the investigation into this fatal truck accident still ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Ana Cruz-Sanchez for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 4,119 people died in large truck accidents in the United States in 2019. A significant number of truck accident victims (about 67%) were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles. About 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 31% higher in 2019 than in 2009 when it was at its lowest since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975.
Causes of Truck Accidents
People traveling in smaller vehicles are often more vulnerable to truck accidents because these big rigs weigh 20 to 30 times as much as passenger vehicles. They are also taller with greater ground clearance, which could result in smaller vehicles “underriding” or getting wedged under trucks, resulting in catastrophic or fatal injuries. There are several other common factors in truck accidents. These large vehicles have large braking distances, are not very maneuverable, and have large blind spots.
Loaded tractor-trailers take 20 to 40% father than cars to stop. Stopping distances could be even longer on slick roadways or in bad weather. Truck driver fatigue is also a known crash risk. Truck drivers are required to take rest breaks between shifts and while driving long distances under federal hours-of-service regulations. Surveys show that many drivers and trucking companies violate these rules and work longer than permitted to meet deadlines and maximize profits.
Contacting a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a truck accident in California or if you have lost a loved one in a big-rig accident, it is important that you contact an experienced Los Angeles County truck accident lawyer who will help collect, compile and present powerful evidence in your case, so you are in the best possible position to receive maximum compensation for all your losses. Because trucking firms have powerful insurance companies on their side, it is important that you get an experienced truck accident attorney on your side early on in the process.