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Truck Driver Arrested after Hit-and-Run Crash in Whittier

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A big-rig driver was arrested after a hit-and-run collision in Whittier, which left one man seriously injured. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the collision occurred early morning on November 11, 2013 in the unincorporated county area near Whittier. California Highway Patrol officials say the truck was traveling south on the 605 Freeway to Washington Boulevard westbound. The truck driver, officials say, ran through the stop signs at the end of the off-ramp and made an illegal left turn directly into the path of a Chevrolet heading west on Washington.

The Chevrolet’s driver was unable to avoid a collision and crashed into the left side of the big rig’s trailer. The man suffered major injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The truck fled the scene. The 64-year-old Garden Grove man who was driving the truck was later detained and arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials. The victim’s current condition is not known.

Violation of Several Laws

Based on this news report, it appears that the truck driver violated several laws. Officials say that he not only ran stop signs and made an illegal left turn striking the other vehicle, but he also left the scene of a major injury crash.

According to California Vehicle Code section 21802 (a): “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”

Also California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states that drivers must stop immediately and remain at the scene of the collision. In this case, the truck driver took off leaving the injured victim at the scene. I’m relieved to note that the truck driver in this case was apprehended by officials.

Liability Issues

In this particular case, the truck driver and his employer can be held liable for the injuries and damages to the victim. The injured driver can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Injured victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled truck accident cases.

Trucking companies have powerful defense lawyers and insurance company representatives on their side who will make every attempt to minimize the value of the victim’s claim. Victims and their families need a powerful and resourceful advocate on their side who will fight for their rights and ensure that they receive fair and full compensation for their losses.

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