Posted On: November 9, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Fatal Truck Collision is One of 40 Motor Vehicle Crashes on Bay Bridge S-Curve in Two Months

At 3:30 am today, a truck driver died on the Bay Bridge S-curve when the vehicle dropped 200 feet onto Yerba Buena Island. Today’s motor vehicle collision is one of more than 40 traffic crashes to occur since the new detour opened on September 8.

The big-rig truck was moving at approximately 50 mph—about 10 mph above the speed limit. Police say that the large truck drove off the side of the Bay Bridge as the driver tried to negotiate the turn. The truck driver was pronounced dead at the truck accident site.

His death is the first fatality to occur in the bridge’s curved area. However, in just two months there have been over 42 motor vehicle accidents. Just last month, another big rig vehicle as involved in a truck collision when the large truck went across four lanes. Police say most of the auto crashes are fender-benders.

The speed limit is now 40 mph rather than 50 mph, but drivers still have a hard time maneuvering the sudden curve. Flashing lights and new signs have been put up to warn motorists to exercise caution, and Caltrans workers are scheduled to put in red reflectors for nighttime drivers.

Trucking Accidents Involving Truck Driver Victims
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers represent victims seriously injured in Illinois truck accidents. Our clients include truckers who have been injured because other parties were negligent. Most truck drivers are entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation. However, there may be third parties responsible for causing the Illinois truck accident, such as another motorist, the manufacturer of a defective truck, or the entity responsible for designing or overseeing a particular road.

Another crash on Bay Bridge S-curve, SF Gate, November 7, 2009

Big rig crashes through Bay Bridge S curve and plunges 200 feet, killing driver, Contra Costa Times, November 9, 2009

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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