California news reports that a big rig accident over the weekend killed a truck driver. According to sources, the driver was killed after the 18-wheeler crashed at about 8:05 p.m. as it was entering Harbor Scenic Drive in Long Beach. The truck hit the south curb, swerved into the center median and hit a pillar. The tractor flipped over, causing the fuel tank to explode into a ball of fire. The driver was killed at the scene.
California big rig crashes are some of the nations most deadly forms of transportation incidents. Due to an 18-wheeler’s size, once a driver loses control of the truck, it may be hard to contain the damage. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, it is critical to consult with a skilled Sacramento truck accident attorney right away.
While this accident remains under investigation, it is important to bear in mind a few tips for sharing the road with big rigs.
Truck drivers have a responsibility to drive safely and with care, however other drivers on the road also need to be aware of special considerations concerning trucks in order to avoid catastrophic injuries. It is often the unanticipated actions of automobiles, which set into motion truck and car collisions. In fact, one of the top reasons behind truck/car accidents is the car driver either making a driving error or changing lanes abruptly without providing trucks adequate time or space to adjust their path.
Other potential problems arise from following a truck too closely, driving in a truck’s blind spot and distracted driving. Studies indicate that car drivers fail to understand both the difficulty of maneuvering a truck and the potential for grave consequences when car drivers make seemingly small driving errors. For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a California big rig accident, please contact the top Sacramento big rig accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.
Officials have released a statement concerning last summer’s Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport that killed three people and injured more than 180. According to the press release, the airport gave itself high marks in many different areas including a strong sense of shared goals among those who responded to the accident.
The incident has been under scrutiny to determine whether negligence played a role in the accident. Here the investigation continues, and no findings of negligence have been made.
However, in situations where negligence or recklessness leads to a fatality, surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit is similar to a personal injury claim but is filed by the family members of the deceased. Generally, a wrongful death claim may be brought in any type of accident that results in death. Recovery may include:
- Medical costs
- Funeral expenses
- Punitive damages for death by negligence
- Loss of love Loss of companionship
- Loss of the moral support of the decedent
- Loss of the financial support or household services which you would have received from the decedent
For more information concerning wrongful death claims and when it may be possible to file such action, it is critical to speak with a knowledgeable California wrongful death attorney.
While the airport did find areas for improvement such as the need to have more integrated and coordinated medical resources and procedures, it did not mention any findings concerning the death of a passenger who survived the crash, but died after a San Francisco fire truck ran over her en route to put out a fire on the plane.
If you have questions about wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits, please contact an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.