While the increases to size and weight may allow tractor-trailers to transport heavy loads, these factors also affect the maneuverability of similar vehicles. Should a truck driver fail to allow sufficient space to react to changes in traffic patterns, it may be nearly impossible to bring the vehicle to a halt and the results of such matters could prove dire. As many as five individuals reportedly suffered injuries in a recent car accident involving up to seven vehicles in California.
Reports indicate that the incident occurred at around 2:15 p.m. on a recent Friday. Authorities say it began when the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to stop upon approaching a shift in traffic patterns. The truck proceeded to crash into a nearby van before crossing into the opposite lanes and colliding with several vehicles. Authorities have advised that as many as seven vehicles were involved in the crash.
Upon arriving at the scene, emergency responders reportedly airlifted the driver of the van to a medical facility for treatment of severe injuries. Four others involved in the crash were also transported to a nearby hospital with injuries, but the nature of their conditions was not provided. No further details were provided pertaining to why the driver of the truck may have exhibited such negligence and the investigation into the incident reportedly remains ongoing.
A car accident that occurs under similar scenarios runs the unfortunate risk of leaving those involved with serious or even life-changing injuries. The fallout of such an incident could affect one’s life in various ways and those who suffer severe harm in the process may have questions about the next steps to take to seek accountability accordingly. Since the civil justice system can be complex to navigate, a person in California could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney for guidance through every stage of the process.