When drivers take to California roadways, they owe a duty of reasonable care toward other drivers, vehicle passengers and pedestrians alike. Unfortunately, a car or truck accident can happen much more quickly than many people can anticipate. Too often, such truck accidents prove fatal to victims and sometimes lead to wrongful death lawsuits in order for surviving family members to cover their financial losses after an unexpected death.
One recent California truck accident led to the tragic deaths of two people. The collision took place between a Jeep and a bobtail truck, which one authority described as a small, moving van-type vehicle. Five people involved in this fatal accident reportedly suffered critical or major injuries. Emergency personnel later described three of those people as being unresponsive when first responders arrived upon the scene.
Both of the victims who succumbed to their injuries had been occupants in the bobtail truck. The three surviving victims had been traveling in the Jeep. One of those individuals was a 12-year-old girl who was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Another victim, the Jeep's driver, was taken to a different hospital. The third survivor actually refused to be transported for medical treatment.
Details on why this fatal truck accident occurred were not immediately forthcoming. In many accidents such as this one, however, surviving family members choose to file wrongful death lawsuit in an effort to cover medical, funeral and other expenses that may be associated with a loved one's death. Alternatively, surviving victims may be able to file personal injury lawsuits in order to have their own medical and related expenses covered. Prevailing in such lawsuits typically requires the presentation of evidence that shows another person's negligence caused or contributed to such an accident.
Source: Lake County News, "Two killed in Wednesday night crash near Clearlake Oaks," Elizabeth Larson, Nov. 21, 2012