Bakersfield Truck Accident: Big Rig Driver Injured In Bakersfield Tortilla Truck Accident On Highway 58 By Highway 99
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (August 8, 2019) – The driver of a big rig truck was injured after being rear-ended by a tortilla truck on Highway 58 not far from Highway 99.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the driver of a big rig was attempting to merge from Highway 58 onto Highway 99. That truck driver failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and rolled over in the southbound lanes of the freeway.
The driver of a tortilla truck collided with the rear of the semi-truck that turned over in the accident. Bakersfield police are saying that the driver of the tortilla truck sustained major injuries and the driver of the big rig suffered moderate injuries.
Both trucks appear to have been loaded with food products that were spilled across the freeway. Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help both of the victims.
An investigation into the Bakersfield tortilla truck accident on Highway 58 remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Semi-Truck Accidents
A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh over 80,000 lbs and be very difficult to stop. All truck drivers are supposed to operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions in order to prevent accidents. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Liability in semi-truck accidents can be fairly complicated. They may involve negligence on more than one driver. Liability claims in California are determined on the basis of comparative negligence. A plaintiff’s award will be proportionally reduced by the amount that a defendant is deemed to be at fault. If a truck driver was working at the time of an accident they may be eligible to receive worker’s compensation.
According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. What many truck driver’s may not realize is that the workers compensation system may not be their only recourse. A truck driver may be able to seek additional benefits through a bodily injury claim. For example, if a truck driver was injured due to the negligence of another truck driver that may form the basis of a third party liability claim.
Damages in a third party claim can help cover additional benefits not covered by worker’s compensation. It’s important to seek medical treatment after an accident. Failing to seek medical treatment may jeopardize your ability to collect compensation down the line. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Truck Accident
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