For big rig operators in California to safely navigate their travels along the busy highways, special skills and constant alertness are essential. Many lives are lost in car accidents that result from the negligence of truckers. Tractor-trailer drivers, for example, must at all times be aware of the full length of their vehicles to ensure they can complete turns before other traffic reaches them.
According to California Highway Patrol officers, a 63-year-old truck driver from Salinas recently made such a fatal error on a recent Wednesday afternoon. A crash report indicates that the trucker was hauling two trailers behind his truck on southbound Highway 101 when he attempted to turn left across the northbound lanes to reach an agricultural property on the other side. It is not clear whether he failed to see the oncoming passenger car, or whether he failed to take the entire length of his rig into consideration when he turned into the path of the northbound vehicle.
CHP says, shortly after 4:15 p.m. the car smashed into the second of the two trailers hauled by this big rig. It caused the car to become wedged under the moving trailer as the trucker continued to drive ahead. The driver of the car was rushed to a medical center, but he did not survive the crash.
People in California who lose loved ones in car accidents that were caused by the negligence of operators of other vehicles may be entitled to pursue financial relief. With the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney, a wrongful death lawsuit could be filed in a civil court. The successful presentation of such a claim might lead to the court entering a monetary judgment to cover documented claims for economic and noneconomic damages.