Boris Tomas May, 37, was seriously injured in a Los Angeles car accident the afternoon of August 17, 2010. According to a news report in The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, May’s car crashed into the back of a gasoline tanker on Highway 14 near Escondido Canyon Road in Acton. May was airlifted to a nearby hospital with major injuries. Authorities believe May was going about 70 mph when he struck the tanker, which was traveling at about 25 mph. An investigation is ongoing.
It is indeed a relief that May was not fatally injured in this crash given the speed at which it occurred. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. He and his family will be in my prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
There were 121 deaths and 4,683 injuries involving car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Also in Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people were killed and 52,229 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2008.
What Caused this Crash?
It is unclear from this report as to what caused this truck accident. There are several questions here. Did the tanker suddenly slow down or was the car driver traveling at an unsafe speed given the traffic conditions? California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) 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 and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Liability in these types of accidents rests on the individual or entity that is at fault. In this case, if the driver of the big rig is found to have been at fault, he or she as well as his or her employer, could be held liable for May’s injuries. In such cases, injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of income, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other related damages. An experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer will be able to analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the victims’ legal rights and best interests are protected.
Do you feel unsafe or intimidated while driving alongside or directly behind a big rig on the highway or freeway?
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