Dump truck flew off I-8 overturned in riverbed causing injury to driver in San Diego.

California – June 23, 2022

San Diego firefighters and California Highway Patrol were on the scene after a dump truck smashed through a guard rail and flew off a west Interstate 8 off-ramp onto Morena Boulevard in Mission Valley.  The truck was carrying a load of dirt and toppled 40-50 feet into the riverbed underneath the ramp.  The rescue of the driver who was trapped in the vehicle took about 40 minutes to extricate and vertically lift the accident victim to the ambulance for transport to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  A San Diego accident lawyer can answer a truck accident victim’s question regarding injury compensation after a truck accident in California.

Negligent parties.

Regulations that involve driver actions including hours worked, proper licensure and training, periodic medical screening, drug, and alcohol use create the legal framework to support cases against negligent truck drivers, but other parties involved in the transport of goods and services may include cargo loaders, maintenance personnel, truck and parts manufacturers, and trucking companies and owners who can be held responsible for a tractor trailer accident in San Diego.  When truck accidents occur resulting in personal injury an attorney experienced with trucking regulations can help.

Damages valuation.

Long- and short-term problems can occur after a catastrophic accident depending on the type and severity of the injury.  It is important to receive the necessary financial support valuation for medical expenses, and time away from work leading to lost wages.  California truck accident lawyers can communicate with insurance carriers and initiate civil action when it is necessary.  Damage compensation will be impacted by the type of injury, increasing in amounts relative to the extent of damage after a big rig accident.  An accident attorney can guide victims and explain economic and non-economic valuation based on financial losses, quality of life issues, and impacts to household expenses, medical expenses, long term care and pain and suffering.

Punitive damages.

California Civil Code 3294 allows a jury to award punitive damages in a personal injury case, but the plaintiff must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s conduct was found to be reckless, intentional, egregious, and harmful, resulting in the physical injury, or wrongful death of a person.

Consult with a truck accident lawyer.

In a trucking accident resulting in residual TBI, spinal injury, or other catastrophic harms, consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer who understands the residual impacts and long term medical expenses associated with severe injuries can guide damage valuation and compensation for each case and move to find fault with a trucking or parts manufacturer, a driver, a trucking company or cargo loading personnel.


Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, a Professional Law Corporation

501 West Broadway, Suite 1650

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-233-8021

Fax: 619-233-3730


  1. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2022-06-23/dump-truck-goes-off-i-8-ramp-in-mission-valley
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pubs/tbi_report_to_congress.html
  3. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&sectionNum=20001
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