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After a fatal big rig accident, California’s top transportation official has temporarily banned large commercial trucks from Angeles Crest Highway for a period of 90 days.

On Wednesday, a big rig truck transporting automobiles lost its brakes while driving down a steep grade on the Southern California highway. The large truck smashed into several cars – killing a young girl and her father – then crashed into the window of a bookstore, injuring several others.

As a result of the accident, felony charges of vehicular manslaughter were filed against the driver of the truck Marcos Costa of Massachusetts.

A 28-year-old Palm Desert man was killed today when the car he was riding in rear-ended a big-rig truck. The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the CHP, the accident occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m. on westbound I-10, near Dillon Road, when the 2007 Mustang failed to slow in time and plowed into the large truck. Apparently the driver of the commercial truck was uninjured.

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In 2006, a San Diego jury gave the widow and children of Scott Keener $4.9 million after he was struck on his motorcycle by a truck driver. When the judge polled the jurors for their votes, he forgot to get the answers from one juror on two of the 13 questions. While the juror found that the truck driver was negligent, the judge forgot ask him if he agreed with the other jurors on the apportionment of damages, which they found to be 80% on the defendant, and 20% on the plaintiff.

That mistake led to an appeal and a reversal of the verdict by the Fourth District Court of Appeals, which concluded that:

…the trial court erred in accepting the juror declarations to inquire into and resolve the results of the jury’s decision making process, and also when it made a credibility determination that Santana could not effectively have voted other than 80/20 at any relevant time.

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Studies show that hundreds of deaths and injuries on the highway each are caused by truck drivers suffering from medical problems behind the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration admits that it hasn’t implemented any of the eight recommendations regulators proposed in 2001. The number of trucking crashes has been described as a “major public safety problem,” and impacts drivers in every state.

The leading cause of serious accidents by large trucks occurred where drivers fell asleep, suffered heart attacks or seizures, or otherwise became impaired because of a medical condition. The FMCSA medical oversight board states that trucking accidents are one of the biggest causes of occupational death in the US, and is urging more doctors visits for truck drivers.

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