On Friday, September 27th, 2019 at around 7:00 p.m., 19-year-old Olivia Mendoza was driving westbound on Mountain View Ave in her Honda Civic. She was crossing the intersection of Mountain View Ave and Clovis Ave when the driver of a semi-truck, Andre Hill, failed to stop at a stop sign and hit her car.
The semi-truck was traveling at high speeds and the crash sent both vehicles spiraling out of control. The vehicles only stopped when both hit a second semi-truck, pinning the car between the two. Olivia did not survive the crash. Both semi-truck drivers were injured.
The police who responded have reported that Hill did not pass a sobriety test. They further allege that he was high on marijuana at the time of the accident. He has been arrested and charged with felony manslaughter and DUI.
The local community has supported the family of the teen, raising over $7,000 for her funeral and burial expenses.
Bobby Thompson, an experienced truck accident lawyer, has offered his thoughts on how a truck accident lawsuit can help a family when their loved one has died in an accident.
“It’s completely devastating when a loved one is killed because of a negligent driver. Although criminal charges may have been filed, these charges will do nothing to help a family recover other than to know the responsible party has been punished for their actions. A civil lawsuit, however, can provide the financial relief a family needs.
A truck accident lawsuit can help to pay for losses such as:
It can’t bring a loved one back but it can ensure their surviving loved ones can seek the help they need.
It’s best to consult an attorney as quickly as possible so that evidence can be preserved and strict timelines are adhered to.”