A car accident that occurred in Los Gatos on July 10 left a 25-year-old man dead. According to the report, the incident took place in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 near the Lexington Reservoir when a semi-truck collided with 10 other vehicles. Failed brakes might have contributed to the crash, but the owner of the truck stated that a safety check was conducted on the truck the morning of the accident and that the California Highway Patrol had conducted an inspection two weeks prior.
The driver of the semi-truck involved in the crash stated that he was unable to stop his truck when he came upon traffic because of the steepness of the grade, which was approximately 6 percent, and the weight of the two dirt-filled trailers that he was hauling. When he attempted to use the brakes, they emitted smoke and failed to reduce the truck's speed. He stated that his followed his training and steered the truck into the guardrail to try to stop it.
In addition to the fatality, seven other individuals suffered injuries that ranged from critical to minor. The person in critical condition had suffered a laceration to her liver, and the other six suffered injuries that were less serious. The 25-year-old Santa Cruz man who died had been ejected from his car during the collision.
A highway accident can result in many serious injuries or even fatalities because of the speeds of the vehicles involved. Should someone suffer injuries because of a semi-truck, he or she might file a personal injury lawsuit in order to seek compensation for any related injuries. In such a case, the injured person might file the lawsuit against both the driver of the truck and the owner of the truck.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Man killed in Highway 17 pileup was San Jose State grad, 25, who lived in Santa Cruz", Mark Gomez, July 11, 2014
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