Sharing the busy California highways with big rigs, 18-wheelers, semis and tractor-trailers is enough to make any driver of a car feel vulnerable. However, drivers of passenger cars may focus on defensive driving without realizing that not all commercial vehicle accidents involve collisions between two vehicles. Anytime when the cargo carried by large trucks are not properly secured, passenger vehicle occupants are at risk of being struck by lost cargo.
This danger was recently underscored by an accident that left a passenger in a car with a metal bar impaling her leg. According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at about 10 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning. A CHP report indicates that both the truck and the car were traveling at highway speeds when a metal bar separated from the cargo load on the truck. It penetrated the car through the glove compartment on the passenger’s side.
Reportedly, the driver pulled over to call 911 immediately after the incident, but the trucker did not stop. First responders arrived, and the injured passenger was rushed to a hospital. Authorities are trying to locate the truck operator, but they mentioned that they did not expect charges to be filed against the truck driver.
However, even without the driver being charged, the victim can pursue a claim for financial relief. Medical expenses and lost wages might be recovered, and if the injury causes permanent disfigurement, she might be awarded additional compensation. The challenge will be to find the driver, and then to establish negligence and identify all parties who may bear financial responsibility. A California attorney with experience in dealing with commercial vehicle accidents can provide invaluable support and guidance in pursuit of damage recovery.