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.


In Blythe, California, a truck caused a highway accident that tragically left four motorists dead. The highway accident occurred when a truck spilled a load of pipes in the road. A bus traveling the same road struck the pipes, the driver lost control of the bus and then the bus rolled down an embankment. The highway accident caused the bus to overturn, killing four and also injuring several more people.

The pipes fell off of the truck just moments before the bus passed through. The truck driver had lost control of the vehicle after drifting into the dirt, and then he jackknifed. At least seven of the people on the bus had to seek medical treatment for serious injuries and 14 others had minor injuries. It is not known what caused the pipes, some as long as 50 feet, to come loose from the truck.

It is known that the truck driver had drifted in the dirt after trying to pass slower vehicles. Because the highway has no lights, the bus was unable to see and avoid the impact with the pipes. Neither driver was hurt in the accident, but at least two passenger vehicles were impacted by the pipes in the road before the bus hit them.

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Driver and passenger safety is always a major concern on American roadways. With winter weather continually bombarding many areas throughout the country, millions of American drivers are dealing with dangerous roads every day, just trying to get back-and-forth from work. Drivers are held to high standards and the vast majority of drivers comply, but commercial vehicle operators are held to even higher standards of responsibility. 18 wheelers, in particular, are a big concern. That is why when a big rig is involved in an accident, there will be intense scrutiny.

After an unfortunate accident in California on January 30, the ensuing investigation led to the arrest of one of the drivers involved. According to the reports, a man driving a semi-truck struck two vehicles, a SUV and a small Ford. The occupants of the SUV reportedly suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Ford, on the other hand, died in the accident.

What made matters worse was that the semi-truck driver did not stop after the accident, as everyone involved in an accident is required by law to do. When the driver was eventually stopped by someone who had witnessed the accident, he denied being involved. He then fled on foot when the witness began to dial 911.

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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.

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While in classic tales of large versus small, the small often wins, this is not always the case when it comes to a commercial truck versus a compact car in a motor vehicle accident. Commercial trucks, fully loaded, can weigh up to 26 times what the average passenger vehicle weighs. This sheer differential in weigh may account for much devastation in a truck-car highway accident, which often includes serious injuries or death.

Recently, on Interstate 5, two people were hurt when their car crashed into a big rig. The driver of the car lost control, and traveled across the median and lanes moving in the opposite direction before crashing into a fence. Both of the people inside the car were injured and were taken to a local hospital -- the passenger experienced serious injuries, while the driver's injuries were minor.

When someone is injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to look at many factors to determine who the responsible party is. Under negligence theory, if a driver failed to meet the required level of reasonable care, and that failure caused injury to another person, that driver may be liable for damages. Generally, all drivers must adhere to the posted speed limit and other traffic signs and use proper turn signals. Additionally, drivers must pay attention to their surroundings and adjust their driving accordingly, such as when there is bad weather or poor road conditions.

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