According to the California Highway Patrol, at least two people were hospitalized when a garbage truck was driving too fast and caused an accident after exiting the highway.
The 68-year-old driver of a garbage truck lost control of his vehicle due to excessive speed. As a result, the truck skidded across the road and overturned as the driver attempted to make a right turn. As the truck continued to slide, it moved into the path of a Geo Tracker driven by a 20-year-old woman. This led to the woman's car colliding with the garbage truck. Furthermore, a 44-year-old man driving a pickup truck was forced to swerve to avoid the accident. However, he lost control when doing so and crashed his truck into a sound wall.
The driver of the garbage truck suffered serious injuries, including fractured ribs. Along with this, the young woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries including a shoulder injury as well as cuts to her face.
Due to the seriousness of the crash, the on-ramp to southbound Highway 101, as well as the eastbound lane of River Road, were closed. At this time, it is believed that speed was a factor in the truck accident but not alcohol.
This story goes a long way in showing what can happen when one driver does not obey the rules of the road. The garbage truck driver was driving too fast, which led to him losing control and subsequently causing a serious accident. When truck accidents occur and the truck driver is at fault, it is possible that the driver's employer could be also be held liable for injuries suffered by other parties. An experienced legal professional can provide more information about pursuing compensation for many civil claims.
Source: The Press Democrat, "CHP: Garbage truck going too fast before Hwy. 101 ramp crash" Randi Rossman, Apr. 04, 2014