Luis Fernando Cevallos and Alexis Rodriguez Died In North Bergen Car Accident With Tractor Trailer Truck on Tonnelle Avenue in the Paterson Plank Road Passage
NORTH BERGEN, NEW JERSEY (August 21, 2021) – Two people identified as Luis Cevallos and Alexis Rodriguez have tragically died in a truck accident on Tonnelle Avenue in the Paterson Plank Road passage.
North Bergen police officials are saying that the collision took place around 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday. Luis Fernando Cevallos was the driver of a 2022 Kia Stinger and was traveling with his passenger Alexis Rodriguez on Tonnelle Avenue.
The driver of a tractor trailer truck was backing into a business and the Kia’s driver was not able to avoid a collision. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help both of the victims.
Despite life-saving measures Luis Cevallos and Alexis Rodriguez both died due to the severity of their injuries. A GoFundMe has since been created to help cover Luis Cevallos’ funeral expenses.
Liability In North Bergen Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are typically complex events. Factors that may influence the likelihood of a truck accident could take place hours or weeks leading up to a crash. For example, if a truck’s brakes are not properly serviced this could make a collision much more likely. Other factors that can contribute to a truck accident may include:
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Driver distraction
- Vehicle design
All truck drivers have a responsibility to exercise due care in order to avoid accidents. To this end truck drivers must get special training and receive a commercial drivers license (CDL). Navigating a commercial truck is much different from driving a passenger vehicle. Trucks have huge blind spots and they also take much longer to come to a full stop.
When a truck driver makes a left turn or backs into a business they must make sure that they are not jeopardizing other people on the road. Having a truck take up multiple lanes of the road is very dangerous – especially at night. Trucks have a low visibility from the side and a high ground clearance. It’s easy for cars to underride the sides of trucks which can leave their drivers seriously injured or killed.
New Jersey is one of several states that operates under a comparative fault law. What this means in practical terms is that even if a driver was partially at fault for a collision that does not bar them from a potential civil claim. If a driver was 25% at fault and a truck driver was 75% at fault damages from any civil claim are reduced proportionally. It is crucial that evidence is properly collected after an accident.
- Surveillance footage should be sought
- A truck driver’s work logs should be sought
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed
- Photos of the accident site should be taken
- Medical records should be preserved
Victims of truck accidents are protected by a number of laws. For example, the family of any victim that died in a truck accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim may include a victim’s parents or spouse. For any claim to be successful plaintiffs must demonstrate negligence. This can be very difficult to do for a complex truck collision. It’s typically a good idea to seek the experienced guidance of a truck accident attorney following a crash. An attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and get you the information and answers that you deserve.
Investigating A North Bergen Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the families of Luis Cevallos and Alexis Rodriguez. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to authorities as they continue their investigation. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered after this collision. Did the truck driver follow all relevant safety protocols? Did they violate any traffic laws? Many truck accidents are totally preventable. It is our sincere hope that steps can be taken to make this particular road safer so that similar tragedies do not take place.