Two people — John Unruh, 58, and a 30-year-old Lake Elsinore woman — were injured in an April 27, 2009 Corona truck accident after a truck struck the center divider of the 91 Freeway leading to the rear-end car accidents, according to a CBS news report. The car collision occurred when 27-year-old Octavio Rocha was driving his semi tractor-trailer on the eastbound 91 Freeway near Lincoln Avenue. When traffic suddenly slowed, Rocha was unable to stop and steered right to avoid the truck in front of him. Rocha’s big rig, which was hauling 54,000 gallons of milk, over-corrected and crashed into the concrete divider and its trailer spun across the eastbound lanes of traffic.
Moments later, the 30-year-old Lake Elsinore woman who was right behind the big rig managed to slow down her Toyota Corolla, but John Unruh could not stop his Honda Accord in time and struck the Corolla. The Corolla was pushed into the tanker and the car collision caused moderate personal injuries to Unruh and the woman. Both were taken to area hospitals.
Data from California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System shows there were 12 car accidents and 743 car accident injuries relating to car accidents in Corona. In Riverside County as a whole, there were 279 deaths and 9,925 injuries reported as a result of car accidents in the year 2007.
California Vehicle Code Section 22350 states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
In this case, the truck could have jackknifed because the driver was going too fast for the existing traffic conditions and couldn’t stop in time. The truck accident could have also occurred because the truck was overloaded and the driver as a result couldn’t stop in time to avoid the car crash. Both Unruh and the female victim suffered personal injuries because of the truck accident.
John Unruh and the injured woman would be well-advised to contact experienced Coronoa car accident lawyers, who will carefully examine the accident reports, analyze the facts and make a determination as to who was negligent and who was responsible for the accident. If it is determined that the truck driver caused this Corona car accident, the driver and his employer, the trucking company, could be held liable.