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.