All vehicular accidents are serious. Cars can be totaled and crash victims can be severely injured in the blink of an eye. Yet, perhaps one type of accident poses a greater risk of injury and death: one involving a big rig. The massive size of 18 wheelers makes them highly destructive when driven negligently, placing other motorists in extreme danger. A recent highway accident in Pomona serves as an illustration of which San Jose residents should be aware.
Recently on the 71 freeway in Pomona, a semi-truck crossed the center and collided with four vehicles. Three people were critically injured with one receiving major head injuries. The cause of the crash is currently unknown, yet accidents where a vehicle crosses the center line typically involve driver negligence.
When one is victimized by a truck accident she can face a lengthy physical and emotional recovery. Additionally, hospital bills can place an undeserved financial burden on these victims, further inhibiting their ability to recover. Luckily, legal action provides an outlet for these individuals to receive compensation that can ease these burdens.
To succeed in a lawsuit against an errant driver, a victim must prove the responsible driver was negligent and that negligence caused compensable injuries to the victim. A showing of inattentiveness, inebriation, speeding, and failing to yield can all serve as proof of negligence. Thus, when a driver crosses the center line it is likely that the driver is guilty of negligence.
Once successful on a claim, a victim can obtain compensation to help cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damage done to their vehicle. Then, victims can focus on getting the best care possible so that they can achieve a full, speedy recovery.
In addition, a lawsuit also serves to punish errant truckers, ensuring that they take more safety precautions when driving and their companies are more thorough in hiring safe drivers. Perhaps then California's highways will be the safe roadways they are meant to be.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, "3 Critically Injured In Accident on 71 Freeway In Pomona," Dec. 26, 2012
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