California motorists are usually aware of the proximity of one or more large semi-trailer trucks as they travel on the state’s highways, but occasionally, even the highest degree of awareness cannot prevent a tragic accident. A recent tractor-trailer accident near Livermore illustrates the point.
A big rig was heading north on Highway 84 when it struck three cars from behind. Preliminary investigation by the police indicates that the driver of the big rig failed to reduce speed when the traffic ahead of him began to slow down. None of the automobile drivers appeared to be aware of the proximity of the big rig, and none took any evasive measures. Three persons, including the driver of the big rig were taken to a local hospital; the third automobile driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation of the accident was impeded by the awkward position of the truck, which stopped on an embankment and spilled its load of bottled water. Police were waiting for heavy equipment before they began a close inspection of the truck.
As usual, the police are not commenting further on the cause of the accident until they have completed their investigation. However, the fact that the truck hit the three cars from behind, coupled with the police’s initial statement that the truck driver apparently failed to slow down, raises a strong presumption that the truck driver was either inattentive or fatigued, or both.
Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a multi-vehicle accident, may wish to consult an attorney who specializes in such cases. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful assessment of the facts of the accident, the potential liability of the various parties, and an evaluation of the likelihood of recovering damages from the party or parties determined to be at fault.
Source: ABC7 News, “One Killed, Three Injured in Livermore Crash on Highway 84,” Amy Hollyfield, July 15, 2015
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