A 53-year-old man was killed after being hit by an out of control semi-truck along California Highway 120. Several other people were also injured in the multi-vehicle accident that happened around 3:15 p.m. Causing miles of backed-up traffic, the commercial vehicle accident led to the closure of all eastbound lanes for over three hours. According to California Highway Patrol, alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.
At the time of the accident, the semi-truck involved was traveling at an estimated 50 mph. When the semi-truck failed to slow down with traffic, it struck the back of a Dodge. The Dodge was then pushed into the fast lane before the semi-truck proceeded to hit a Chevrolet. Beginning a domino effect, the Chevrolet then crashed into a Buick, which in turn crashed into a second semi-truck.
After being trapped between the Buick and the first semi-truck, the driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Buick, caught between a car and the second semi-truck, suffered from major injuries. His two passengers managed to escape with only moderate injuries. Neither of the truck drivers experienced any injuries from the accident.
As they are so much larger than other cars on the road, semi-trucks can be extremely dangerous. With all of the risk involved in their occupation, commercial truck drivers are expected to take adequate rest stops. After a crash involving a large commercial vehicle, injured victims or families of the deceased have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit. By establishing that the commercial truck driver caused the accident with reckless driving, a lawyer may help victims to receive the maximum compensation.
Source: The Modesto Bee, "Man dies in accident on Highway 120 near Manteca", Erin Tracy, August 12, 2013