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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Tow Truck Crash

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

On Jan. 17, a car accident involving a pickup truck and a tow truck in California left one person dead and one person with serious injuries. The crash reportedly occurred on state Route 78 while one of the drivers of the tow truck was assisting another motorist with a flat tire.

A white Nissan Frontier reportedly suffered a flat tire near Nordahl Road at approximately 7 a.m. Two tow truck drivers were dispatched to provide assistance. Both drivers, ages 42 and 48, had exited their vehicle in order to help change the tire. At the same time, a 2003 Ford F-250 that was traveling east veered off the side of the road and struck both tow trucks and the drivers. Authorities reportedly did state what had caused the Ford F-250 driver to operate his truck so erratically.

The 48-year-old tow truck driver, whose identity was not released, reportedly died at the scene of the crash. The second tow truck driver was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of a number of severe injuries, including broken bones and damage to internal injuries. The driver of the Nissan had still been inside his vehicle when the crash occurred, causing him to suffer abrasions and lacerations to his upper body. The driver who caused the crash reportedly did not suffer any injuries.

When a person dies in a car accident that was caused by another driver's negligence, the family of the deceased person may have legal options available to them. If there is sufficient evidence that the other driver was liable, an attorney representing the decedent's family may choose to file wrongful death claim against the other driver. The attorney may assist the family with providing the court with the total cost of damages the family sustained as a direct result of the death of their loved one, which may include loss of companionship.

Source: ABC10 News, "Pickup truck hits, kills tow truck driver; another severely hurt", Jan. 17, 2015