Whenever passenger vehicles and big rigs collide, the occupants of the smaller vehicles are almost always worse off. Such a truck accident happened in California on a recent Friday morning. One person died, and several others suffered injuries.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. when a 54-year-old big rig driver crossed over the center lines of Highway 4. The truck crashed head-on into an oncoming SUV before sideswiping the family’s minivan. CHP reports that the big rig driver was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was treated for moderate injuries at a hospital.
Reportedly the 35-year-old SUV driver was declared dead at the crash scene. An 11-year-old boy who was a passenger in the SUV suffered significant injuries and was airlifted to a hospital. All the minivan occupants were hospitalized, although none of them were thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries. Among them were an infant, a toddler, and a 9-year-old.
The surviving family members of the deceased SUV driver can pursue financial relief through the civil justice system. The same applies to those who suffered injuries. The circumstances of this truck accident, along with the DUI evidence involving the trucker might help to establish negligence. These crucial issues are best navigated by an experienced California personal injury attorney. Legal counsel can also determine whether any parties apart from the driver should be named as defendants, such as the employer and/or other owners of the truck.