Accidents involving tractor-trailers often result in serious injuries and fatalities due to the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks. A truck accident with an 18-wheeler generally means cars and smaller vehicles are on the losing end of the accident.
A recent fatal truck accident involving an 18-wheeler and car in California serves as a reminder to all drivers of the precautions that should be taken while driving. A man was killed in a fiery crash when his car collided with a semi-truck hauling 9,000 gallons of fuel. The tractor-trailer rolled on its side, causing the fuel to spill and ignite. A firefighter said the flames were visible from miles around.
The car's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi-truck was able to safely get out on his own. The area remained closed for several days while crews repaired the damage caused by the fire. Investigators are waiting to view surveillance footage to determine what events led to the fatal accident.
Truck accidents result not only in a greater likelihood of serious injuries or death, but also involve more complex liability issues. Where such an accident is the result of a negligent truck driver, an injured person may be entitled to file a claim. Truck drivers owe fellow drivers a duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. All responsible parties may be held responsible for a truck driver's negligence - including the trucking company.
California drivers are urged to remember the dangers of sharing the roads with 18-wheelers. Should you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to recover damages from the responsible parties.
Source: NBCLosAngeles.com, "Gasoline Truck 'Burned to the Ground' After Fiery Collision With Car in Hesperia," Melissa Palmer, Sept. 15, 2012