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Cement Truck Collision Leaves 2 Hospitalized and 1 Dead

El Grenada, CA – Highway 1 was closed in both directions on Monday, March 14, 2022, after a major collision involving a Ford Flex SUV and a cement truck. According to local authorities, the crash occurred on Highway 1 near Capistrano Road in El Granada around 2:30p.m.

The driver of the SUV, Catherine Lee Treulich, 76, of Half Moon Bay, was airlifted to the hospital with major injuries and later passed away. A juvenile passenger of the SUV also suffered major injuries and was transported to the hospital. The driver of the cement truck was taken to San Francisco General with unknown injuries. The cause of this accident is still under investigation.

Cement Truck Accidents

A cement truck weighs around 26,000 pounds and can carry a load up to 40,000 pounds in the barrel of the truck, making them unstable and increasing the risk of an accident. It is critical for anyone involved in a serious crash to perform an independent legal investigation and preserve evidence. This includes reviewing:

  • Driving records
  • Driver overtime records
  • Blind spots on the truck
  • Route the truck was traveling
  • Recent maintenance history
  • Driver accident history
  • Vehicle accident history
  • Dispatcher notes regarding the trip
  • Video from the truck
  • Copy of company’s driver attentiveness system report
  • Police accident report
  • Any testing of driver for alcohol and drugs
  • Any history of driver with alcohol and drugs
  • Phone and texting records of the driver
  • Inspection of freeway road conditions
  • Accident history on freeway
  • Determination if highway signage is up to code
  • Determine if pavement markings are clear and up to code
  • Video evidence of the crash
  • Eyewitness accounts of the crash

It is important to evaluate all vehicles and debris involved in any truck accident to determine what role they may have played.

Commercial Truck Accident Attorneys

As one of America’s largest injury law firms, The Barnes Firm, has helped many clients injured in commercial trucking accidents and have found some common causes including:

  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigue
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Congested roads
  • Inadequate vehicle maintenance
  • Improperly secured loads and equipment

If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial trucking accident, the experienced truck accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm are here to help you every step of the way. Our trusted team of attorneys have helped clients get the best result possible in over 50,000 cases. Call (800) 800-0000 today for a FREE case evaluation. It might be the best call you could make.

Location of Crash – Highway 1 near Capistrano Road in El Granada 

Highway 1 near Capistrano Road in El Granada

 

 

 

 

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