When our San Jose readers come across a highway accident they probably expect to see a gruesome scene. Our country is crisscrossed with dangerous roads, and automobile accidents are, unfortunately, pretty much a fact of life in America. Accidents involving 18 wheelers are even more troubling, however, because these huge vehicles can cause massive damage in a collision. One particular recent accident in California involving a big rig shut down a highway for over three hours.
According to reports, the accident occurred on U.S. 101 when a semi-truck collided with a Mitsubishi. As expected when a collision between two disproportionately sized vehicles occurs, it was the driver of the Mitsubishi who saw the worst in this accident. That driver had to be airlifted for medical attention. The driver of the semi-truck apparently suffered only minor injuries.
Although all of the details of this accident were not immediately known, the initial reports indicated that the vehicles were headed in opposite directions on U.S. 101 when one of them crossed the center line. The result was a head-on collision. Even further, the semi-truck then fell 40 feet off the road and caught fire. The driver was able to escape the semi-truck before the fire started.
An extensive accident investigation is probably currently underway in this case. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor, but when an accident like this occurs it is almost a certainty that one of the drivers was negligent in the operation of their vehicle. Whenever the accident investigation is concluded, a personal injury lawsuit is no doubt also a certainty. A lawsuit after an automobile accident is usually intended to seek compensation from the liable party, mostly for medical expenses.
Source: San Benito County Today, "UPDATED: Traffic accident ignites grass fire," Sept. 4, 2013
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