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San Diego: Jose Allen Cardosa Killed, Two Injured in Collision with Jack-Knifed Semi

Posted on Oct 23, 2012


On Sunday, October 21, 36-year-old Jose Allen Cardosa was killed and two passengers in his vehicle were seriously injured in a collision with a jack-knifed semi in San Diego. While traveling northbound on Interstate 805, a trucker lost control of his big rig near 47th Street, causing it to swing across all lanes of the freeway. Shorty thereafter, Cardosa crashed his black Toyota Yaris into the truck, the occupant compartment becoming crushed under its trailer. Firefighters extricated the victims from the wreckage, with emergency responders pronouncing Cardosa dead at the scene and transporting two passengers to area hospitals, their injuries ranging from serious to life-threatening. A Ford pickup truck also collided with the semi. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“Given their size and weight, big rigs pose a significant threat of injury to other motorists on the road,” explained California truck accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event of a collision, the victims may pursue personal injury or wrongful death claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses.” 


Throughout San Diego County, traffic collisions claimed the lives of 126 motor vehicle occupants and injured another 15,939 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Crashes that involved large trucks resulted in fatality in 8 cases and injury in 228.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jose Allen Cardosa, the man killed in the collision with the jack-knifed semi. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two passengers who were injured.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California truck accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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