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Fatal Orange County Truck Accident

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One man was killed and four others were hurt in a fiery truck accident the night of July 23, 2009, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. A big rig truck was headed south on the 57 Freeway near Fullerton, California, when it struck a smaller vehicle. The impact of the car crash caused both vehicles to flip and burst into flames. The truck then, hit the center divider and ended up on its side, partially on the northbound lanes. The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene and four people in the smaller vehicle were injured. The extent of their injuries is not known.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the truck driver for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I also wish the four injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) 2007 truck accident statistics, there were 361 fatal truck accidents in California and 3,737 injury accidents involving large trucks in California.

This news report does not offer too many details and leaves several questions unanswered at this point. How and why did the big rig collide with the smaller vehicle? Why could the truck driver not stop? Was there any brake failure involved? Was the truck overloaded? Was the smaller vehicle impeding traffic in any way? Was the truck driver fatigued–in other words, did he fall asleep at the wheel? Did he suffer a medical condition while driving? Was he under the influence or impaired? The answers to these questions will help determine if there was any negligence involved and also, who or what should be held responsible.

In cases where the truck driver is at fault for the accident, the injured victims are able to seek compensation from the trucking company for any serious injuries or fatalities caused by the accident. Our Orange County car accident lawyers on a number of occasions have found out that accidents occur because trucking companies hire drivers without performing proper background checks.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you would be well-advised to consult an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the case, identify the negligent parties and hold them accountable for their actions. The best truck accident law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive initial consultation.

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  • Cheryl

    This driver was not fatigued!! I knew this young man, married only a year……….leaving behind his mother and father and two syblings and many friends. I was his disatcher for 3 years. It is always the trucks fault……very very wrong!! I also was a truck driver for the past 16 years and have seen my fair share of accidents, fatalities!!! 90% of the accidents involving semi trucks are caused by four wheelers( people in cars) driving too fast, not paying attention, talking on their cell phones, cutting us off, playing games, watching TV! Cutting us off and slamming on their brakes right infront of us thinking we can stop on a dime! From what i was told by a witness to this horrific accident is my friend tried to avoiding hitting the car due to them braking hard, and instead of hitting them square on swerved to miss them and lost his life in doing so to save them!! I am appolled on how it is always the trucks fault…..With out trucks you peopl would starve…….

  • Kelly ( the truck drivers sister)

    this wasnt his fault he gave up his life for 4 people and what do we get in return this kinda of crap that i was his fault…how must we feel that u guys always blame it on the truck drivers…he was to young to die and no u guys are saying that i was his fault..he gave up his life and his family lost a young man that everyone loved and we get this crap…thanks alot…next time u right these kind of stories think bout what your gonna say and think how they feel when they read this..

  • Anonymous

    Is this the H&R driver? I’m from Lethbridge, AB, Canada and I know some of the guys from there. I heard about this accident and it’s very tragic. My sympathies go out to the family.

  • Cheryl: I agree with you completely and believe that the driver of the car should be charged in your friends death; I don’t understand how there can be so many witnesses who say she cut across all the lanes from the carpool lane after hitting the the center divider, and hit the truck or was going to hit the truck, if he hadn’t swerved. The people who actually saw the accident (not the ones who saw the aftermath) say that she (the driver of the car) was definitely at fault, they all say she cut across the lanes that they had to slam on their brakes as well, most say they saw her hit him, and that he swerved. These people left comments on numerous different websites and some say they gave statements to the police. Why haven’t the police determined that the truck nor its driver were at fault???

  • Justin Jordan

    trucking companies needs to be able to find a way to prevent this from happening so lives are not lost.

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