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Motorist dies in California chain-reaction truck accident

A truck accident can take place so quickly that it may be difficult for vehicles traveling behind tractor-trailers to stop in time to avoid a collision. This fact can be especially true if one of those vehicles is another semi. This appears to be what happened in a recent fatal truck accident that resulted in the death of a motorist driving a much smaller car.

Initial reports indicate that a tractor-trailer was heading westbound on State Route 60 in California when a car crashed into the truck's rear end. Tragically, another semi truck jackknifed in an attempt to avoid the crash and subsequently sandwiched the car between the two trucks. Apparently multiple vehicles were involved in the chain reaction motor vehicle accident.

The California Highway Patrol shut down westbound lanes of traffic for some time while they were investigating the fatal accident. The motorist whose car was sandwiched between the two trucks was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. No other details as to why this accident may have occurred were immediately available.

In some cases where a fatal California truck accident occurs, surviving family members discover that they have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against one or more drivers involved in a collision. Although it is true that this will not restore their loved one's life, a successful result can often assist with paying some of the costs associated with the catastrophic crash, along with caring for any dependent family members that may be left behind. There is not yet any word on whether that would be available in this particular case, but California residents who have lost family members in a similar truck accident may wish to research their legal options.

Source: 23 ABC News, "Sandwiched motorist between two big rigs dies," Jan. 17, 2013

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