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Child killed, another injured in California truck accident

Accidents between trucks and cars can be especially devastating due to the fact that a much larger and heavier truck can cause such extensive damage to a smaller vehicle. One recent California truck accident has tragically taken the life of a toddler and left another child in critical condition. The collision involved four vehicles, including a tow truck which rear-ended a Ford Fusion carrying a family of five.

That family has had their lives forever altered due to the truck accident. When the tow truck smashed into the rear of the sedan, it destroyed the left rear side and actually stopped on top of the vehicle. A little girl sitting behind the driver was immediately killed. Another child also sitting in the rear of the vehicle was critically injured in the collision.

According to authorities, they had to use the Jaws of Life in order to free the victims trapped inside the sedan. The force of the collision also served to force the Fusion into two other sedans, but fortunately the occupants of those vehicles suffered only minor injuries. The family of five trapped inside that Ford Fusion were not nearly so lucky.

While neither drugs nor alcohol seemed to be factors in this fatal truck accident, authorities said the driver could possibly be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Should the second child die, other charges may come into play. Even if that child lives, he or she may well face extensive medical bills and recuperation time. That is one reason that California law provides the opportunity to pursue personal injury lawsuits in cases like this, when the apparent action or failure to act of another driver causes such a serious crash with injury and, unfortunately, death.

Source:, "Child killed, another hurt in Hwy. 4 crash," Jordan Guinn, Sept. 1, 2012

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