At around 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 2, the 42-year-old driver of a Kenworth big rig was traveling southbound on Highway 99 near Le Grand when he veered into the lane to his left for an unknown reason and struck a Freightliner big rig before returning to his original lane and striking a car. The 63-year-old driver of the Freightliner lost control of the big rig, causing it to turn perpendicular to the road and roll over.
The car spun around and came to rest on the southwest corner of the highway, and the Kenworth came to rest on the eastern edge of the road. The crash caused only minor injuries to the 42-year-old driver of the car and the Kenworth's driver, but the Freightliner's driver suffered serious injuries. Officials transported him to a Modesto hospital for treatment.
Another accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. on southbound Highway 99 near Livingston, when the 55-year-old driver of a big rig swerved into a guard rail on the west shoulder for unknown reasons before striking a chain link fence and rolling onto its side. The driver sustained only minor injuries, but officials closed the No. 3 lane for several hours to move the big rig and repair the guardrail.
In truck-car accidents, the trucks can cause a large amount of damage to other vehicles and the people in them. In this case, the driver of one big rig lost control of his vehicle as the result of the accident, causing him serious injuries. After investigators determine the cause of the accident, the injured driver could receive compensation from the at-fault driver or that driver's company, depending on which caused the accident, for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income.
Source: The Fresno Bee, "Two separate big rig crashes reported in Merced County", October 07, 2014