Due to the size and weight of semi trucks, accidents involving 18-wheelers often result in serious injuries and property damage. Recently, nine semi trucks were involved in two consecutive accidents on a California highway. The truck accidents were blamed on light rain that made the highway slippery.
The California Highway Patrol said the driver of a dump truck lost control of the vehicle in the early morning hours. This caused a collision involving four semi trucks. As traffic behind the accident began to back up, five semi trucks approaching the scene were involved in a separate accident.
One truck driver said the roads were slippery and the crash happened very quickly. He was not hurt in the collision, although his air bags did deploy. Emergency crews had to rescue one of the truck drivers that was trapped with the dash of the truck on his lower body. He was rescued and taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
In the day following the accident, the truck bypass lanes on the highway had to be shut down. Nearly 400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway. Crews were brought in to clean up the accident.
The unique dangers posed by semi truck accidents can be made worse if the truck is carrying hazardous or flammable material such as diesel fuel. Secondary injuries caused by the dangerous cargo can result, such as burns and respiratory injuries.
Victims of semi truck accidents may be entitled to file a claim and recover compensation from the responsible parties, including the driver and trucking company. Damages for medical expenses, lost wages and other monetary compensation may be available.
Source: Fleet Owner, "Light rain blamed for 9-semi crash in California," Deborah Whistler, Oct. 28, 2012