Highway driving, particularly during times such as rush hour or late at night, can be dangerous. Any number of things can cause a highway accident, such as poor road conditions, tiredness, mechanical malfunctioning and even unexpected or dangerous driving by other drivers. High speeds coupled with high volumes of cars on the road are often a dangerous combination.
Recently, two people were injured and one person was killed in a crash between a semi-tractor trailer and a car in Gilroy. According to reports, the car merged behind the tractor-trailer. Shortly thereafter, the car crashed into the rear of the truck. It is unclear what caused the accident, though police indicated that neither alcohol nor drugs were involved. All three victims were in the car. The driver of the truck was not injured.
When someone is injured in a truck accident, several people can potentially be held liable, including the drivers of the vehicles involved. In some accidents with 18-wheelers, the trucking company may also be held liable, depending on the cause of the accident. The injured person or the family of someone who was killed in a truck accident may be entitled to compensation from the person found liable for the accident. Damages can include compensation for the cost of medical treatment, lost income and pain and suffering.
The tragic Gilroy highway accident occurred before 7 p.m., which is typically rush hour. Drivers of all kinds of vehicles should make sure to drive safely at all times, but particularly at high-traffic and high-stress times such as the end of the work day.
Source: Central Coast News KION/KCBA, "Semi Truck Accident Leaves One Person Dead," Chloe Beardsley, Oct. 23, 2012
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