Accidents involving semi-trucks are certainly no small thing. They can have devastating consequences for all those involved, either directly or indirectly, with the crash. In a recent event, several people were injured and others were killed after a truck accident in California.
The accident occurred on a section of Interstate 10 mid-May, after a truck jackknifed, spilling its cargo on the freeway. A long distance passenger bus was either struck or swerved to miss the accident and ended up rolling down an embankment. Four passengers in the bus were killed. Other vehicles were also reportedly involved, though no information was released regarding the individuals in those cars.
Both sides of the freeway were blocked as a result of the crash. In total, 24 people were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Local authorities are still investigating the incident, though it is believed that the semi driver hit the median, setting off the chain reaction of accidents. It is unknown if any charges have been filed in relation to this event.
This truck accident could result in several civil claims against the truck driver and employer, but such claims could also extend to the bus driver and company. Those injured may be entitled to file personal injury claims and the family members of those who lost their lives may be able to pursue wrongful death claims against those deemed responsible for the accident. If negligence is established and liability confirmed against either of the drivers or their respective employers, a California civil court could grant each victim, or family members of victims, a monetary judgement for successfully litigated claims.
Source: USA Today, "4 killed in truck, bus accident near Ariz. border", Doug Stanglin, May 21, 2014