Aaron Carpenter Seriously Injured In Tulare Car Accident After Hit-And-Run Collision With Big Rig Truck On Highway 99 By Cartmill Avenue
TULARE, CALIFORNIA (October 19, 2018) A 30-year-old man identified as Aaron Carpenter was seriously injured after a car accident with a semi-truck on Highway 99 in Tulare, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Tulare authorities are saying that the collision took place around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday morning. Aaron Carpenter was traveling in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 when he began to drift towards the center divider.
After the initial collision his car veered to the right once more and hit a semi-truck that was carrying a trailer. The vehicle that Aaron Carpenter was in overturned and stopped by the center divider on the right side of the freeway.
The tractor trailer involved in the crash did not stop at the scene and kept going down highway 99. The victim was taken to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center in order to receive treatment for his injuries.
Tulare police are still searching for the driver of the big rig truck that was involved in the collision. If you have any information about the crash that injured Aaron Carpenter you should reach out to the Tulare Police Department at (559) 684-4290.
Common Injuries Caused By Truck Accidents
An estimated 5,000 people die every year in truck accidents in the United States. Tens of thousands more are seriously injured. Due to a truck’s large size truck drivers will often walk away from accidents completely unharmed. Passengers of cars, however, often sustain traumatic injuries, even in low speed collisions. Here are some of the common types of injuries that victims can sustain after a truck accident:
Traumatic brain injuries can be particularly worrisome. Doctors use the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) in order to describe the full extent of a person’s injuries. A person is ranked by their functioning in terms of (A) eye opening, (B) verbal response (C) and motor response. Even mild concussions can impact a person’s mood and personality.
Rib injuries can make it painful to talk and even breathe. Depending on the severity of the injury a person’s lung could be punctured after an accident.
Spinal cord injuries are often some of the most serious injuries that a person can sustain after a truck accident. The spine allows for communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Extensive surgery and rehabilitation may be required and can leave victims in serious pain.
Truck accidents are often overwhelming for victims. They may need to miss work and be stuck with high medical bills. A truck accident attorney may be able to file a claim on your behalf so that you can be compensated for your injuries.
Liability In Hit-And-Run Truck Accidents
Most of the federal laws governing trucking companies are found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. A number of different operators may face liability for a truck accident. For example, a truck driver could face liability if they were negligent and caused a crash. Even if they were not the cause of an accident they should still stop at the scene and check if the other driver is ok. Leaving the scene of an accident that causes bodily injury is a felony. The loader of a truck could also potentially face liability for improper loading. There are requirements about how a truck should be properly loaded.Investigators will need to look into all of these factors in order to determine liability. There is a statute of limitations for filing a truck accident claim, so it’s important to act quickly in order to preserve your rights.
Getting Help From A Truck Accident Attorney
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Aaron Carpenter as he continues to recover. It is deeply unfortunate that the truck driver did not stop at the scene of the accident. We encourage anyone that may have knowledge about what happened to reach out to the Tulare Police Department. There needs to be some accountability here.
If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys can take steps to help preserve your rights. We have extensive experience helping victims of catastrophic accidents and have recovered over 1 billion for our deserving clients. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.
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