There are a number of different ways that a car accident can occur. But despite the initial cause of the crash, accidents can be devastating for the people involved, physically and emotionally. Accidents are especially frustrating for accident victims and their families if it was caused by the negligence of another.
A San Jose man was involved in a crash yesterday morning and was killed when another vehicle struck his pickup truck. The pickup truck was experiencing mechanical problems so the man had pulled to the side of the highway. He had apparently been in front of the truck when another car slammed into the truck.
California Highway Patrol reported that the collision caused the truck to hit the man, throwing him about 75 feet from the accident. Though it is unclear what sort of injuries the man initially sustained, they were severe and he died at the scene of the crash.
The car that crashed into the truck was being driven by a young man. According to the report, the young man strayed from his lane into the right shoulder where the pickup truck was sitting. The young man suffered minor injuries from the crash; law enforcement believes he was traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hour at the time of impact.
At this point, the young man has not been charged with anything. The morning of the accident, he was reported missing by a family member who was worried about his mental condition. CHP found the young man still in his vehicle after the crash. Concern about his mental condition led authorities to send him to a nearby hospital.
In some instances when a fatal accident occurs, the surviving family members of an accident victim can seek compensation for their loss. There are a lot of things that can come up unexpectedly such as funeral expenses. Compensation can help a family move forward after a devastating loss.
Source: San Ramon Patch online, "San Ramon Man Involved In Fatal Crash," Linda Park, 10 May 2011
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