Veteran Killed by Truck on Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day should be a day when we commemorate our country’s veterans and thank them for their service. Three men, however, will now remember it as the day their 91-year-old father, who had served in the Navy during World War II, was killed by a truck.

On November 11th Raymond Lopez Sr. was riding his motorized scooter in Signal Hill. At 1:30pm he was struck by a truck driven by Matthew Licht at Willow Street and Temple Avenue.

Mr. Lopez died as a result of his injuries.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed

Mr. Lopez’s three sons, Joseph, John, and Raymond Lopez Jr. filed a lawsuit against both Matthew Licht and PFT Alexander Inc. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages which resulted from Raymond Lopez Sr.’s death.

The complaint alleges that Licht was driving negligently and that his employer shares liability. The three sons have also stated that they have lost their father’s companionship as well as financial support.

Who Is Responsible in a Truck Accident?

What many injured parties do not realize is that the driver may not be the only one accountable for an accident (or the driver may not be responsible at all). There are a number of players who may contribute to a truck-related accident and who injured claimants may be able to seek damages from, including:

  • The owner of the truck
  • The owner of the truck trailer
  • The company or individual who leased the truck or trailer
  • The individual or company which loaded the truck’s cargo
  • The company which manufactured parts of the truck which may have contributed to the accident (such as the truck’s brakes or tires)

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents are typically cause by one of two things:

  • Driver error
  • Equipment problems/failure

Driver error is a fairly broad term which refers to factors such as speeding, fatigue, distracted driving, the use of prescription and/or over the counter drugs, and being unfamiliar with the road. Equipment failure is rarely the fault of the driver and is typically the fault of a part manufacturer or the owner/leaser to properly maintain the truck.

Seeking Legal Help

Navigating a truck-related accident can be incredibly complex, especially when there may be a number of different insurance companies battling over who will pay what. Fox & Fox Law Corporation in Sherman Oaks, CA has protected the rights of injured victims and has recovered substantial damages for those hurt in truck accidents.

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, call us today for a free consultation to discuss your claim at (818) 986-4494.