While all are likely aware of the dangers a moving truck can pose, few perhaps think about the serious injuries that can result from a tractor-trailer that is at a standstill. Nonetheless, the size and weight of this type of vehicle can still cause serious injuries, including death, when collisions occur, even in cases where the large motor vehicle is stationary along the side of a road.
The family of a woman from Sunnyvale recently learned that firsthand. She died after rear-ending tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of the road I-280.
According to an officer with the California Highway Patrol, the truck the woman's vehicle struck had stopped to assist another truck that had been in an accident. The first tractor-trailer had issues with a curve on the road and somehow flipped onto its side while transporting two trailers containing dirt.
The woman who died in the incident apparently encountered the truck accident scene about 20 minutes after the first truck flipped. When she did, she lost control of her car and stuck the back of the second truck. Sadly, the woman did not survive the rear-end collision. Fortunately, no one else was hurt in the crash.
An investigation is currently being conducted into the fatal accident. At first glance, a common cause of accidents-speed on the part of the driver of the car--is suspected to have contributed to the occurrence of the incident. Because the way a crash such as this one unfolds is often very complex, there certainly could be others at fault as well. The investigation will likely reveal this if it is the case.
Source: CBS 5, "Woman Killed In Crash With Big Rig On I-280 In Cupertino," Sept. 11, 2012