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Woman Killed in an Accident with a Parked Semi-truck on West Bradley Avenue in El Cajon, California

El Cajon, California — A woman died when the Toyota Tacoma she was driving collided with a parked semi-truck trailer. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The semi-trailer was unoccupied at the time of the crash.

No other details have been provided.

Thoughts on parked semis and fatal collisions

This collision is terrible. Accidents where a person is killed suddenly without a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones are heartbreaking for all involved. It is something you can never get used to seeing and serves as a reminder of how fragile life is. Whenever someone’s life ends so abruptly, the family left behind deserves answers to what happened and why.

While the focus often falls on the actions of the driver who passed away, it’s equally important to consider the actions of the semi-truck involved. In this case, it’s crucial to determine where the truck driver was (the truck was left unoccupied), whether safety signals were in place to alert other drivers, and how long the truck was parked there. According to regulations, parking commercial vehicles on highways is unlawful in many jurisdictions. If any rules were broken, the person responsible should be held accountable.

If this accident could have been avoided or prevented in any way, the family deserves to know — and the family deserves justice. From experience, there is rarely a justifiable reason to park a semi-truck next to a moving lane of traffic.

May all the facts come together to bring light to these unfortunate collisions that keep happening over and over again.




The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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