George Leslie Pelonis, an Anaheim truck driver, has been sentenced to 9 months behind bars. Pelos pleaded guilty to four counts of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the 2010 San Bernardino County tractor-trailer crash that killed a Redlands family of four.
The deadly San Bernardino County truck accident occurred on February 13, 2010 on the I-15S close to Jurupa Avenue. Vehicles were stop-and-go and traveling at speeds between 10 and 30 mph when Pelonis, whose truck was moving at over 40 mph, hit an SUV transporting Ryan Villalpondo, his wife Veronica, baby Bella Rose, and 4-year-old Matteo. Both vehicles then burst into flames.
While Pelonis escaped injury, the Villalpondo family, whose vehicle ended up pinned between two semi-trucks, was pronounced dead at the San Bernardino County truck accident site.
A tractor-trailer transporting weighing and carrying tens of thousands of pounds can prove deadly in a crash. Most vehicles don't stand a chance of resisting the force of impact. This is why truckers must exercise great care when on the road and refrain from speeding, talking on a cell phone, texting, not paying attention to the road, or ignoring traffic conditions.
Other common causes of California tractor-trailer accidents:
• Trucker fatigue
• Mechanical failure
• Poor weather or road conditions
• Improper cargo storage
• Drunk driving
Many trucking companies have teams already in place to protect themselves from liability, which is why you will likely want to work with a San Bernardino County truck accident law firm that is on your side. With California semi-truck crash cases, there may be more than one party who should be held liable, such as the trucker, the trucking company, the company that leased the truck, the manufacturer of a defective truck part, and/or the party in charge of properly maintaining the truck.
There is a lot to be done to prove liability in a San Bernardino County truck accident. Truck logs and truck maintenance records will likely need to be looked at, as well as the trucker's on driving history. Accident evidence will have to be documented and witnesses will need to be interviewed.
Sometimes, a trucking company may immediately send someone to the scene in an attempt to get you settle your potential claim immediately. This is never a good idea. The minute you settle you give up your right to file a California truck lawsuit in the future. This could prove detrimental if you later find out that your injuries are much more serious than you thought.
Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and other serious injuries may require that you take time off work or stop working altogether. In addition to medical bills, there may be rehab expenses and long-term care costs. If you've lost someone in a San Bernardino County truck crash, you still want to wait until you consult with an injury attorney first to make sure that you receive everything that you are owed for your loss.
Anaheim trucker sentenced for crash that killed 4, OC Register, October 13, 2011
Moreno Valley coach and family die in crash, ABC7, February 14, 2010
Truck Accidents, Nolo
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Trucker Charged with Murder in 2009 La Cañada Flintridge Truck Accident Files Los Angeles County Personal Injury Over Angeles Crest's Allegedly Unsafe Road Conditions, California Injury Lawyers, March 31, 2011
Our San Bernardino County tractor-trailer accident law firm would be happy to offer you a free case evaluation.