The sheer size of most big rigs and tractor-trailers means that truck accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries. In worst-case scenarios, these types of crashes can lead to death for those involved. One recent California truck accident resulted in the loss of a 46-year-old man's life. Now, his family may be left scrambling for answers in the wake of this tragic crash.
Initial reports indicate that the fatal collision was actually the second of two accidents on the same stretch of California roadway. An earlier, much more minor accident involving a box truck and tractor-trailer heading east on the 60 Freeway, resulted in two drivers and two passengers standing on the side of the road in order to exchange insurance information. When a third truck carrying bananas and tomatoes came upon the scene of the accident, what started as a minor inconvenience turned into a catastrophe.
The third truck lurched toward the left for reasons that are currently unclear. The truck overturned onto its side and struck three out of the four people standing on the side of the road. The fourth man, one of the passengers from the prior collision, managed to leap out of the way to avoid more serious injury. The box truck's driver was not so fortunate and died at the scene of the crash.
Three others, including a driver in one of the parked trucks, were injured.
Further reports indicate that the investigation into the reasons leading up to this fatal truck accident is still ongoing. California authorities have not yet stated whether any criminal charges will be forthcoming.
In fatal accidents like this one, families of victims may choose to pursue wrongful death lawsuits in civil courts. This type of legal proceeding can help uncover all pertinent facts that may have contributed to a loved one's death. Additionally, a successfully prosecuted claim can also help cover any funeral or other financial expenses caused by an unexpected tragedy.
Source: DailyBulletin.com, "Big rig crash closes 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, one person dead," J.D. Velasco and Ruby Gonzales, Oct. 19, 2012