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CHICO: Megann Pitts and 6-Year-Old Daughter Injured In Car Accident After Semi-Truck Made Unsafe Lane Change on Highway 99


Dec 17, 2018

Megann Pitts Accident: 33-Year-Old Mother Megan Pitts and 6-Year-Old Daughter Injured In Truck Accident After Big Rig Made Unsafe Lane Change On The Golden State Highway; Patricia Dee White Injured As Well

FRESNO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (December 16, 2018) – A 33-year-old woman from Chico identified as Megann Pitts and her daughter were injured in a car accident after a truck driver from British Columbia made an unsafe lane change and hit their vehicle. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the 25-year-old semi-truck driver was in an International 3 Axle Truck when he made an unsafe lane change and hit the Nissan Altima that Megann Pitts and her daughter were in. 

The 6-year-old girl suffered numerous broken bones and a laceration to her head. She had to be airlifted to the UC Davis medical center where she remains in critical condition. It remains unclear if the truck driver will face any charges following the accident.

Patricia Dee White, 54, from Corning was also injured along with three other drivers. California Highway Patrol do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the collision that injured Megan Pitts and her daughter. 

Liability In Car Accidents Involving Semi-Trucks

Nearly 4,000 people are killed ever year in accidents involving large commercial trucks. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver error accounted for nearly 87% of these collisions. The FMCSA goes on to state that the average cost of treatment following a truck accident with injuries is around $200,000. The economic impact for a truck accident fatality on a family averages out to be an astronomical $3.6 million. These economic damages can be absolutely devastating for individuals as well as families. This is why commercial trucks are generally forced to carry large insurance policies in the event of an accident. 

Depending on the facts of any case a truck driver or the company that they work for could face liability for an accident. A company can be held liable for the actions of their employees based on the legal principle known as “respondeat superior,” which is a Latin term translating to “let the superior make the response.” In order for a company to be held vicariously liable for the actions of a negligent truck driver that employee must have been working within the course and scope of their employment. 

For example, if an accident happened when a truck driver was delivering goods their employer will usually be on the hook for what happened. However, it’s not uncommon for truck companies to try to deny liability after an accident or to try to downplay the extent of a victim’s injuries. It’s important to seek the legal guidance of an experienced truck accident attorney. An attorney can fight on your behalf and hold the trucking company that harmed you accountable for their actions. 

Getting Help From A Truck Accident Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Megann Pitts, her daughter, Patricia Dee White and all of those that were injured in this horrific accident. There needs to be some accountability here. This truck driver and the company that he worked for need to take responsibility for what has happened and help these individuals recover. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should come forward and speak with police. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a truck accident you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We fight every day to hold large companies accountable for their actions and are proud to have recovered over $1 billion for our deserving clients. If you or someone that you love has been injured in a truck accident and are worried about how you’re going to pay for all of the medical bills let us help you. The consultation is completely free and you owe us nothing if we don’t win or settle your case. Whether you need help investigating an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

Sources:

  1. Stephanie Schmieding. 6-YEAR-OLD IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH. 2018

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